Statue of Robert Fulton
This imposing statue commemorating Robert Fulton (1765–1815) portrays the famous American engineer and inventor with a model of his boat the Nassau, the first steam-powered ferry to operate between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Fulton revolutionized commercial steamboat travel, which fueled the rapid development of Brooklyn village around the Fulton Ferry landing. This area, now located under the Brooklyn Bridge, is depicted in Francis Guy’s Winter Scene of 1820, hanging nearby.
Cast in a Brooklyn foundry, this zinc statue was originally installed in a niche of the Fulton Ferry Terminal building (see illustration) and relocated to Fulton Park in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in 1935. Today, a more durable bronze replica stands in the park.
- Artist: Caspar Buberl, American, born Bohemia, 1834-1899
- Manufacturer: M. J. Seelig & Company, founded 1851
- Medium: Painted zinc with plaster repairs
- Dates: 1872
- Dimensions: height: 126 in. (320 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Foundry mark inscribed on base: "M.J. Seelig & c / Founder"
- Signature: Inscribed in cursive on base near front corner: "C. Buberl / Sculptor"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Orientation Gallery, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 2010.21
- Credit Line: Gift of the Museum of the City of New York
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Caspar Buberl (American, born Bohemia, 1834-1899). Statue of Robert Fulton, 1872. Painted zinc with plaster repairs, height: 126 in. (320 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Museum of the City of New York, 2010.21. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)