Dark brown/ black patinated bronze
overall: 30 1/2 x 18 x 13 in.
Dated on base at rear: COPY BY / AUGUSTUS SAINT GAUDENS / MDCCCXCIX
This sculpture is a scale reduction of the over life size bronze statue of deacon Samuel Chapin created for Sterns Square in Springfield, MA. Although Chapin's name appears on the base of the original figure, it is omitted on the reduction in favor of the generic title, "The Puritan." Saint-Gaudens's figure carries a large bible and strides forward forcefully, embodying the 19th century view of the Puritans as pioneers motivated by religious and political ideals.
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Gift of Mr. James Hazen Hyde
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