The Puritan (1942)

by Harry Rosin (1897 - 1973)

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art
South Terrace of Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial (north of Boathouse Row on Kelly Drive
1942

  • Title

    The Puritan

  • Artist

    Harry Rosin (1897 - 1973)

  • Year

    1942

  • Medium

    Limestone, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 8’4″, width 2'10", depth 2'8" (base height 4’4″, width 3', depth 3')

Initiated by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art), bequest of Ellen Phillips Samuel

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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At A Glance

This standing figure, along with The Quaker, by artist Harry Rosin was intended to represent major spiritual forces in the settling of the seaboard of the United States. Commissioned by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art), Rosin approached the project with a dual purpose: to create sculptures that were historically accurate and, at the same time, to make them intelligible to the general public. For Rosin, a native Philadelphian who taught for more than three decades at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, these sculptures were the first of many public commissions in the Philadelphia area; his later works included Mr. Baseball and the sculpture of John B. Kelly on Kelly Drive.

South Terrace of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial
The South Terrace of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

The South Terrace of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial

After the second Sculpture International in 1940, the Samuel Memorial committee selected four sculptors to express the governing themes of the new South Terrace – the settlement of the eastern coast and the emergence of the United States as an independent, democratic nation. The two principal groups were carved as reliefs, the other four sculptures as free-standing figures.

Sculptures in the South Terrace:

Adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992).

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Voices heard in the program:

Penny Balkin Bach is Executive Director of the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association) and the author of many books and articles about Philadelphia’s public art.

Kathleen A. Foster is Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Michael W. Zuckerman is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in American Studies. He served on the Consultant Board for PBS “History Detectives” and is the Museum Without Walls Consulting Historian.

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