Statue of Robert Fulton
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
The Conservator's Eye
This statue portrays the American engineer and inventor Robert Fulton (1765–1815) with a model of his boat the Nassau, the first steam-powered ferry to operate between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
This sculpture is cast from zinc, a gray metal, which can be seen in areas where the paint has worn away. Pieces made of zinc can be joined by soldering, because of the metal’s low melting point. Using zinc to cast a sculpture in sections was easier, faster, and less expensive than using other traditional materials, such as bronze, which required casting the sculpture in one piece.
Zinc, paint, lead-tin solder, plaster (repairs)
height: 126 in., 2500 lb. (320 cm, 1133.99kg) (show scale)
Foundry mark inscribed in cursive on the left front self-base: "M.J. Seelig & c/Founder"
Inscribed in cursive on the proper right self-base near the front corner : "C. Buberl / Sculptor"
Gift of the Museum of the City of New York
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Caspar Buberl (American, born Bohemia, 1834-1899). Statue of Robert Fulton, 1872. Zinc, paint, lead-tin solder, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2010.21.jpg)
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