Dr. Samuel Gross Statue

Title

Dr. Samuel Gross Statue

Description

This statue of Dr. Samuel D. Gross was unveiled in May 1897 outside the National Army Medical Museum and Library on the National Mall. Gross, who died in 1884, was a celebrated surgeon and professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He was immortalized in an 1875 painting by Thomas Eakin titled The Gross Clinic. The statue was commissioned by Congress and the Physicians and Surgeons of America and created by Alexander Stirling Calder. In 1970, when the Medical Museum and Library moved off the Mall, the statue was relocated to the campus of Jefferson Medical College.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

5/5/1897 (dedicated)
1970 (removed)

Coverage

Physical Description

Dr. Gross is depicted standing wearing a frock coat. In his raised right hand he holds a scalpel. The original inscription on the base of the state read "American physicians have erected this statue to commemorate the great deeds of a man who made such an impress upon American surgery that is has served to dignify American medicine."

Description

This statue of Dr. Samuel D. Gross was unveiled in May 1897 outside the National Army Medical Museum and Library on the National Mall. Gross, who died in 1884, was a celebrated surgeon and professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He was immortalized in an 1875 painting by Thomas Eakin titled The Gross Clinic. The statue was commissioned by Congress and the Physicians and Surgeons of America and created by Alexander Stirling Calder. In 1970, when the Medical Museum and Library moved off the Mall, the statue was relocated to the campus of Jefferson Medical College.

Creator

Alexander Stirling Calder

Date

5/5/1897 (dedicated)

Coverage

1890-1919

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.