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    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., 2500 lb. (320 cm, 1133.99kg)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Foundry mark inscribed in cursive on the left front self-base: "M.J. Seelig & c/Founder"
    • Signature: Inscribed in cursive on the proper right self-base near the 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., 2500 lb. (320 cm, 1133.99kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Museum of the City of New York, 2010.21. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: installation, CUR.2010.21.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
    • Record Completeness: Best (82%)
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