Bronze figure, 8 feet 7 1/2 inches (2.63 m) 

The Puritan (Deacon Samuel Chapin),

The figure was commissioned by Chester W. Chapin (1798-1883), whose bust portrait served as a model for the head of the figure of his ancestor. The monument was unveiled in Stearns Square, Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thanksgiving Day, 1887. The Chapin family participated in the design of the costume from their research of seventeenth-century woodblock prints. The Puritan is one of the first of his most popular works from which Saint-Gaudens made reductions, beginning in 1898. Saint-Gaudens later reworked the figure, retitled ThePilgrim, for Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.


Reduction, 31 x 19 1/2 inches
(78.8 x 49.5 cm.), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA