Bronze figure, heroic-size,
under marble canopy

 

 

Peter Cooper Monument, 1894

Peter Cooper (1791-1883), a successful manufacturer, real-estate investor, and inventor, was born in New York City. In the 1850s he established the Cooper Union in New York City, which offered free instruction in science, engineering, and art. Saint-Gaudens attended night classes there as a teenager. Peter Cooper was also one of his fatherís clients in his shoe shop at 268 Fourth Avenue.

Saint-Gaudens did twenty-seven sketches of the figure before he settled on the final composition. He had a great affection for Cooper, and modeled this statue without charging a commission. Architect Stanford White designed the base and canopy. The monument was unveiled at Cooper Union in 1897.