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Forbes Avenue at the northeast corner of Schenley Plaza

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bronze, granite, Schenley Plaza, City of Pittsburgh, composer, music, banjo

Artwork Type

Sculpture



Stephen Foster

1900


Guiseppe Moretti



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Owner City of Pittsburgh
ADA Services The sculpture is located in the center of a roundabout sidewalk.

Born in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh on the 4th of July 1826, Foster was one of America's great balladists. Some of his most famous works include My Old Kentucky Home and Oh! Susanna. Moretti, known for his naturalistic portraiture, spent many days with Foster's brother in his studio to achieve this convincing likeness of his subject. 

Guiseppe Moretti (1859 - 1935) moved to New York City, by way of Italy, in 1886. Moretti worked mainly with bronze and marble. He spent a significant portion of his career in Pittsburgh, where he was commmissioned to create sculptures throughout Schenley Park, and the Highland Park entrances, among others. Moretti also spent time in Alabama, where he created the largest cast iron statue in the world, Vulcan. Moretti retired to Italy in 1925.