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.
- 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.)
- Bequest of Brooks McCormick