1996-292-a | Evangeline

William Couper
1880, 19th century
41.3 x 30.8 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Sculptors also contributed to the Acadian heroine's popularity.

One of the first three-dimensional representations of Evangeline is a bust by the American sculptor William Couper (1853-1942). He created the original work in his studio in Florence, Italy, around 1880. Many copies of the bust were subsequently reproduced by hand. They were sold through Tiffany & Co., in New York, in the 1880s.

William Couper, who was born in Norfolk, Virginia, was one of the best-known American sculptors of the turn of the 20th century. His work consists of realistic representations worthy of military heroes and historical, public and literary figures.

  • What

    The bust is made of Carrara marble and has a leaf motif around the bottom. On the pedestal is a plaque inscribed "Evangeline by Wm Couper."

  • Where

    Copies of the Evangeline bust were exhibited in London and Paris in 1885.

  • When

    The sculpture was created in the 1880s.

  • Who

    It was sold through Tiffany's of New York.