Who Killed President Garfield?  Notes

The Assassination of President James Garfield

Diorama front (painted cardboard)

Back wall, left to right

  • Induction Balance (X-ray Machine), Alexander Graham Bell (ink

  • Alexander Graham Bell (pencil) 

  • “How many days of sorrow I have passed in this town.” Robert Lincoln 

  • Baltimore and Potomac RR Station in Washington, D.C. (painted cardboard)

  • Robert Todd Lincoln (pencil)

  • “Ignorance is Bliss”, Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss (pencil)

Floor, left to right

  • President James Garfield on monument with quote,“Ideas are the great warriors of the world”.  (painted cardboard) 

  • Baltimore and Potomac Railroad train (painted cardboard) 

  • Phrenology delineation of Charles Guiteau, (painted papier-mâché) 

Baltimore & Potomac

Railroad Station

Susan Bercu

preliminary sketch, acrylic

James  Garfield Quotes (emblazoned on painted symbolic stones )

Diorama back (painted cardboard)

All quotes clockwise

Left panel

  • Tell her I am seriously hurt. How seriously I cannot say. (Message for his wife Ada, when he was shot.)

  • History is but the unrolled scroll of prophecy.

  • The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission.

  • I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came.

Middle panel

  • If wrinkles must be written on our brows, let them not be written upon the heart.

  • Great ideas travel slowly, and for a time noiselessly, as the gods whose feet were shod with wool.

  • A pound of pluck is worth is ton of luck.

  • Man cannot live by bread alone, he must have peanut butter.

Right panel

  • Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis.

  • The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.

  • I never met a ragged boy in the street without feeling I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up underneath his coat.

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