The Puritan

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Modeled 1883–86, cast after 1899

Artist:

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

About this artwork

This sculpture is a reduced version of a monument created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens for the town of Springfield, Massachusetts, in honor of Deacon Samuel Chapin, one of the town's early settlers. Striding purposefully forward, with a knotty walking stick in one hand and his Bible in the other, the figure embodies the perseverance, resilience, and stern morality that late-19th-century Americans admired in their colonial forebears. Appealing to the period’s Colonial Revival sensibility, the statue proved immensely popular, and Saint-Gaudens consequently created a smaller, generalized version to sell in multiples, which he entitled simply The Puritan.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Title

The Puritan

Origin

United States

Date

1883–1886

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Bequest of Brooks McCormick

Reference Number

2007.390

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