• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 266

    AN AMERICAN MARBLE BUST OF EVANGELINE

    BY WILLIAM COUPER, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN AMERICAN MARBLE BUST OF EVANGELINE
    BY WILLIAM COUPER, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Signed 'Wm Couper'
    21½ in. (54.5 cm.) high


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    The epic poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow follows a young Acadian girl named Evangeline in her search for lost love during the Expulsion of the Acadians. Born in Norfolk, Virginia and having studied at the Cooper Institute in New York, William Couper (d. 1942) spent the most productive part of his career as a sculptor in Florence, first studying under Thomas Ball, but later establishing his own studio. This bust was conceived in 1880 and an example was included in exhibitions of the artist's work held in London and Paris in 1885.

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