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Statue of Robert Fulton

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890, 5th Floor
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.
MEDIUM Zinc, paint, lead-tin solder, 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"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Museum of the City of New York
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE installation, CUR.2010.21.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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