Girl, roses, and butterfly in a Brooklyn garden

RosesofyesterdaystatueThere’s an enormous amount of beauty in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, opened in 1910.

But the bronze statue of a girl holding roses in her right hand and a butterfly sundial in her left is an especially captivating sight.

Called “Roses of Yesterday” and created in 1923 by Harriet W. Frishmuth, the five-foot statue fittingly welcomes visitors into the rose garden pavilion.

Frishmuth was a Philadelphia native who came to New York to create art. She had a studio on Sniffen Court, the loveliest alley in Murray Hill.


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6 Responses to “Girl, roses, and butterfly in a Brooklyn garden”

  1. Elsa Louise Says:

    So much rich symbolism captured in the statue: a gnomon in the shape of a butterfly, which lives, what, a few glorious weeks, juxtaposed against the ephemerality of the roses, both held by the fleeting, wistful loveliness of youth. Truly an exceptional find.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    You summarized it much better than I could. Thank you!

  3. Limo New York City Says:

    Beautiful statue.

  4. Bob_in_MA Says:

    I hope they had band-aids available, because that little girl is going to need a dozen or two. 😉

  5. Joe from Chicago Says:

    Beautiful bronze. Some book-ends by Harriet Frishmuth came up on Antiques Roadshow last month, too. This may be a pretty valuable piece. Hopefully, the BBG has this one nailed down.

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