1996-292-a | Evangeline
1880, 19th century
41.3 x 30.8 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
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.
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."
Copies of the Evangeline bust were exhibited in London and Paris in 1885.
The sculpture was created in the 1880s.
It was sold through Tiffany's of New York.