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Statue of Liberty-Face-Close-Up-NYC-Liberty IslandImage via Flickr by aherrero

Lady Liberty has peered stoically across the New York Harbor every since she landed from France in this month in 1886. This got us wondering, who was the face of Statue of Liberty? Turns out it was the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s mother. Bartholdi’s wife didn’t quite make the cut for the face but served as the model for the arms and torso. Here is a painting of Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi–recognize the determined jaw? Another fun note: Bartholdi designed it, but Gustav Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower fame) did the structural engineering.

CHARLOTTE BEYSSER BARTHOLDI-Statue of Liberty Face-Model

See more quirky NYC facts and discoveries check out “Daily What?!” series.

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