Fitz-Greene Halleck

Fitz-Greene Halleck memorializes the 19th-century poet and essayist most known for his satirical and romantic verse. His was the first statue of an American in Central Park.

The sculpture was commissioned in 1867 after Halleck’s death by newspaper publisher and Central Park proponent William Cullen Bryant and General James Grant Wilson. It was created by James MacDonald, a well-regarded artist of his time most famous for creating the General Custer statue at the United States Military Academy at West Point.