200 Years. 200 Stories. Story
122: “Laessle’s Victory
Albert Laessle’s Victory is on display in the Ewell Sale Stewart Library and Archives.
Albert Laessle (1877–1954) created Victory, the powerfully built and determined-looking eagle shown above, in 1918. Born in Philadelphia and educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the artist enjoyed great local and international success in the first half of the 20th century for his expressive but naturalistic animal sculptures.
The art world has largely forgotten his work, but many striking examples of his technical and artistic mastery can be seen in Philadelphia. In addition to Victory, which is on display in the Ewell Sale Stewart Library and Archives, you can see Turtle and Lizard at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Penguins at the Philadelphia Zoo, and Pennypacker Memorial at Logan Square. Billy is perhaps the most familiar and beloved example of Laessle’s anatomical mastery and expressive playfulness. Located in Rittenhouse Square, this life-size billy goat has been a favorite of children for many generations. It was one of the artist’s favorites as well.
Come to see the Pennypacker Memorial at Logan Square, and then come inside the Academy to find Victory and sample some of our fantastic exhibits, such as Dinosaur Hall, Butterflies!, the Live Animal Center, dioramas, and more!