- William Couper Sculpture Acquisition
(Milwaukee, WI) The Haggerty Museum of Art has recently acquired a work of sculpture by American artist William Couper (1853-1942). Titled Marble bust of a woman, the sculpture was made from Carrara marble in 1882 as a companion piece to the sculpture Princess, a portrait bust based on a poem by William Tennyson which can be seen at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C..
The Couper sculpture by a prominent American artist at the turn of the century is a welcome addition to the Haggerty Museums permanent collection. It is given by Patricia Zenda Dugan, in memory of Marquette Alumni Thomas E. Dugan, M.D., and Josephine Curtis Dugan, says museum director Curtis L. Carter.
William Couper was one of the most noted sculptors of the late 19th through early 20th century. Working in the neoclassic and idealistic style, his marble sculptures consist of realistic, dignified portrayals of military, historical, and other figures. His sculptures can be seen in numerous public places, institutions, and museums both nationally and internationally. Among them include a series of monuments for the National Military Park in Vicksburg; fourteen busts of scientists for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; the Sailors Memorial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis; and perhaps his most well known piece, the Confederate Soldier standing atop the Confederate Monument in Norfolk, VA.
Marble bust of a woman is now on view in the Haggerty Museums Old Master gallery featuring a salon style presentation of select works from the permanent collection. Coupers piece joins a sculpture of Figaro, ca. 1783 by the French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) given by Catherine and David A. Straz, Jr. in 1996, and a bronze Pieta, 1945 after Michelangelos marble Pieta on display at Saint Peters basilica in Rome.
The Haggerty Museum of Art is located at N. 13th St. & W. Clybourn Ave. on the campus of Marquette University. Museum hours are Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 5:00 p.m. Free parking is available in the Mary B. Finnigan Parking Lot (enter on 11th St. through Marquette Lot J). Admission is free. Visit the Haggerty Museum online at: www.marquette.edu/haggerty