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Thomas Paine Park

Abraham De Peyster

  • Sculptor: George Edwin Bissell
  • Description: Seated figure (over life-size) with integral plinth, on pedestal
  • Materials: Bronze, porphyry granite (polished)
  • Dimensions: Figure H: 7'4" W: 4' D: 4'5"; Pedestal H: 8' 11" W: 6'9" D: 7'
  • Cast: 1896
  • Dedicated: 1896
  • Foundry: E. Gruet Jne. Fondeur
  • Donor: John Watts De Peyster
  • Inscription: Pedestal front, top:
    ABRAHAM DE PEYSTER/ 1685 ALDERMAN, 1691-95 MAYOR, 1701 COMPTROLLER,/ AND 1708 RECEIVER GENERAL OF THE PORT OF NEW YORK;/ 1698 MEMBER OF EARL BELLOMONT'S COUNCIL / 1698 ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT / 1700 COLONEL COMMANDING REGIMENT OF MILITIA OR CITY TRAINED BANDS/ 1701 CHIEF JUSTICE; 1701-PRESIDENT OF THE KINGS COUNCIL AND THUS/
    ACTING GOVERNOR OF THE PROVINCE OF NEW YORK./ 1706-1721 TREASURER OF THE PROVINCES OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY./
    BORN 8TH JULY, 1657 -- DIED 2ND AUG 1728./ JOHANNES, COL. ABRAHAM DE PEYSTER'S FATHER/ WAS BURGOMASTER 1673, ALDERMAN 1666-69, 1673-76,/ AND DEPUTY MAYOR, N.Y. 1677./ JOHANNES, JR. HIS SON, ALDERMAN, 1700-1-10, MAYOR 1698.

    Pedestal front, bottom:
    ERECTED BY/ JOHN WATTS DE PEYSTER,/ 7TH GENERATION IN DIRECT DECENT/ RESIDENT OF, AND 6TH BORN IN/ 1ST WARD, CITY OF NEW YORK."

    Sculpture base:
    GEO E BISSELL, SCULPTOR, 1896

    3) [on self-base, lower left] "E GRUET JNE FONDEUR PARIS"

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