“there are always special corners,” 1930

I was surprised and moved by a letter I recently found. It was written by John Angel, who sculpted William Marsh Rice, to President Lovett at the time the statue was unveiled in 1930. It’s simple and thoughtful and I think Angel cleanly grasps a joyful truth about the life of a university. I suppose I shouldn’t be so surprised that an artist would see things this way:



There really wasn’t much in the local papers about the unveiling, which was overshadowed by the weekend’s commencement ceremonies:


But Angel certainly did get his wish that students would use the statue as a gathering place:




Bonus: Dogs too.


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3 Responses to “there are always special corners,” 1930

  1. effegee says:

    No Fondren-facing photo?

  2. Special corners indeed. This blog is one of them!

  3. Pingback: “a singularly noble and significant piece of work,” 1929 | Rice History Corner

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