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William Couper papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908

Couper, William, 1853-1942

Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 0.9 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of William Couper date from 1872 through 1971 with the bulk of the material dated 1872 through 1908. The collection consists of 0.9 linear feet of letters, photographs, and printed material that document William Couper's career as a sculptor and his family life. Letters are from Couper and his wife to his parents, and to his brother John, discussing family matters, his art training, his travels, and his work in New York. There are also several letters from his father-in-law, sculptor Thomas Ball.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Couper was born September 20, 1853 in Norfolk, Virginia, son of John Diedrich Couper and Euphania Monroe Couling Couper. He acquired an interest in sculpture from time spent at his father's company, Couper Marble Works.

Provenance

The William Couper papers were donated by the artist's nephew Monroe Couper to the Archives of American Art in 1992.