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The Puritan

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


Modeled 1883–86, cast after 1899


Augustus Saint-Gaudens
American, born Ireland, 1848–1907

About this artwork

Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens first created this portrayal of Deacon Samuel Chapin, a 17th-century leader in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a large-scale monument. The work was unveiled on Thanksgiving Day 1887, underlining the importance of visualizing settler origin stories for some members of the local community. Striding purposefully forward with a knotty walking stick and a hefty Bible, the figure embodies perseverance, resilience, and stern morality—qualities expressed with both admiration and a degree of humor. Saint-Gaudens created this smaller, generalized version and sold it in multiples entitled The Puritan after the statue proved immensely popular amid the growing interest in a Colonial Revival at the turn of the 20th century.


On View, Gallery 161


Arts of the Americas


Augustus Saint-Gaudens


The Puritan


United States (Object made in)


Modeled 1883–1886




77.5 × 50.8 × 33 cm (30 1/2 × 20 × 13 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Brooks McCormick

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