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Abraham De Peyster Statue
Thomas Paine Park
Thomas Paine Park
This impressive bronze statue, created by American sculptor George Edwin Bissell (1839-1920), depicts mayor Abraham De Peyster (1657-1728). Born in New Amsterdam (now known as “Manhattan”), De Peyster came from a prosperous mercantile family. In his youth he spent nine years working on the family farm in the Netherlands, before returning in 1684 to New Amsterdam. He quickly ascended the city’s political ladder, occupying almost all of the important colonial offices, including alderman, mayor, member of the King’s Council, and acting governor. De Peyster amassed great wealth, and by the end of his life is said to have been one of the city’s wealthiest merchants.
In the late 19th century, John Watts De Peyster, Abraham’s great-great-great grandson, commissioned this statue. Bissell, whose family ran a marble company in Poughkeepsie, New York, sculpted the piece in his studio in Mount Vernon, New York, and cast the bronze at the E. Gruet foundry in Paris. He also sculpted the portrait of President Chester A. Arthur (1898) located in Madison Square Park, as well as that of John Watts in Trinity Church Cemetery. He depicted De Peyster, spotting a lavish cloak, army boots, and sword in hand denoting his political and military roles in the colonial government.
The World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001 again brought about the displacement of the de (sic) Peyster sculpture, when in 2003 Hanover Square was redesigned and dedicated to the memory of British victims on 9/11. After a prolonged search for a new home in Lower Manhattan, city officials selected a recessed niche in the northern pathway of Thomas Paine Park, as an appropriate location for De Peyster—resonant in historical associations from early Dutch settlement to later immigrant arrivals. The sculpture was reinstalled there in December 2013, and a bronze marker set in the pavement to identify the subject and artist. On July
Location. 40° 42.918′ N, 74° 0.171′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Lafayette Street near Worth Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Foley Square c. 1880 (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Paine Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Foley Square c. 1800 (within shouting distance of this marker); Foley Square Before 1600 (within shouting distance of this marker); Triumph of the Human Spirit (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New York County Court House (about 400 feet away); African Burial Ground (about 400 feet away); Sacred Tradition, Sacred Ground (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden at Hanover Square, the staute's previous location.
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