William Couper (sculptor)

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William Couper
William Couper.jpg
Born 1853
Norfolk, Virginia
Died 1942
Nationality American
Known for sculpture

William L Couper (1853–1942) was an American sculptor.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Couper returned from the studios of Munich and Florence and established himself in New York in 1897 as a portraitist and sculptor of busts in the modern Italian manner. He was the son-in-law of sculptor Thomas Ball (1819–1911) and colleague of Daniel Chester French.

Couper is well known for his winged figures, such as the Recording Angel in Elmwood Cemetery at the Couper Family plot in Norfolk, and allegorical figures Psyche, and A Crown for the Victor, in the Montclair Art Museum.

Couper lived in Montclair, New Jersey until his death in 1942.[1]



  1. ^ Raynor, Vivien. " Art; THE MAGNET OF MONTCLAIR: ITS ATTRACTIONS ON VIEW", The New York Times, December 27, 1981. Accessed December 6, 2007. "By the 1890s, the colony included several sculptors, among them Jonathan Scott Hartley, Inness's son-in-law, and William Couper. It was Couper who built the substantial villa, Poggioridente, an Italianate pile that still stands on Upper Mountain Avenue."
  2. ^ Darwin Bust at www.galapagos.to


  • Couper, Greta Elena, An American Sculptor on the Grand Tour: The Life and Works of William Couper (1853–1942), TreCavalli Press, 1988, ISBN 9780962063541

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