The Weaver Sculpture

Daniel Chester French "The Weaver"



On the grounds of the South Kingstown Public Library in Peace Dale, RI stands The Weaver, a bronze bas-relief sculpture by Daniel Chester French, best known as the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is French's only work in Rhode Island. Dedicated in October, 1920, it was commissioned by Caroline Hazard in memory of her father and her two brothers.

About the Weaver


The work depicts three life-size figures: a male weaver seated at a loom, a standing female spinner handing him thread, and a hooded female figure holding an hourglass.

Inscriptions


Above the sculpture appear these lines, written by Caroline Hazard:
Life Spins the Thread Time Weaves the Pattern God Designed
The Fabric of the Stuff He Leaves to Men of Noble Mind

Below the bronze another inscription reads:
In Memory of a Father and His Sons
Rowland Hazard
1829-1898
Rowland Gibson Hazard
1855-1918
Frederick Rowland Hazard
1858-1917

On the back of the monument is found:
Dedicated October 23, 1920
to the Blessed Memory of These Three Men
to the Enrichment of the Life of This
Village Which They Loved
to the Beauty of the Common Task
to the Commonalty of Noble Spirits
to the Glory of God
Whose Servants They Were and Are

Planned Set and Inscribed by Caroline Hazard Daughter and Sister.

The sculpture was restored for the first time in July, 2002 by Daedalus, Inc., a Massachusetts professional conservation firm.

Credits


Photos by Joseph McGovern










The Weaver Sculpture