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Colonel De Heer Abraham De Peyster

modeled ca. 1893 George Edwin Bissell Born: New Preston, Connecticut 1839 Died: Mount Vernon, New York 1920 bronze 23 x 12 x 11 1/2 in. (58.4 x 30.4 x 29.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Watts De Peyster XX77 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20B


Luce Center Label

Abraham De Peyster was the mayor of New York City from 1692 to 1694 and governor of the colony of New York in 1701. He was a benefactor who donated land to the city and gave money to schools that could not meet their obligations. Colonel de Heer Abraham De Peyster is a study for a statue that was commissioned by De Peyster’s great-great-great-grandson John Watts De Peyster, who was also a benefactor and an amateur historian. He was particularly proud of the role his family played during New England’s formative years, and donated the statue to the city of New York to honor his ancestor’s legacy.

Keywords

Dress - historic

Object - weapon - sword

Occupation - military - colonel

Portrait male - De Peyster, De Heer Abraham - full length

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About George Edwin Bissell

Born: New Preston, Connecticut 1839 Died: Mount Vernon, New York 1920

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