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Reverend Eugene Augustus Hoffman (1829–1902)

Object Name: Bust
Date: 1898
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Medium: Patinated bronze
Dimensions: Overall: 28 x 22 3/4 x 14 in. ( 71.1 x 57.8 x 35.6 cm )
Description: Portrait bust
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Eugene A. Hoffman
Object Number: 1958.137
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Marks: Inscribed at back of base: "E. A. HOFFMAN D.D. / 1898"; at top back of base: "FIRST BUST CAST IN Cire Perdue in America. / THE HENRY-BONNARD BRONZE CO / FOUNDERS. N-Y. 1898"

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The son of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, the subject was born in New York and educated at Rutgers and Harvard. He became an Episcopal priest and from 1879 to 1902 was dean of the General Theological Seminary. Hoffman, who was generous with the immense wealth left to him by his father, also inherited his father's board secular interests. He was a fellow of the American Museum of Natural History and 1901 to 1902 was president of New-York Historical Society. His portrait was a gift to the Historical Society from his grandson.