Bishop Hobart's Monument
This monumental marble alto (high)-relief in life size of Bishop Henry Hobart (1775-1830) was executed for the second Trinity Church building in New York in 1831. Ball Hughes was about 27 years old at the time and had been in New York for about two years. Bishop Hobart was buried beneath the chancel behind the monument.
The second Trinity Church building was torn down after being weakened by heavy snows in the winter of 1838-39. According to the Trinity Church website, when the third and current Church was built in 1846, Bishop Hobart's Monument was moved to the room currently known as the Verger's office. Alexander Hamilton, among other famous Americans, is buried in the Trinity Churchyard.
The original silver gelatine prints had a very small circulation and the original prints only appeared in a very limited number of issues that were distributed to a few prominent architects. The print is approximately 12 by 16.25 inches, with border. See Image that includes the text above the top of print. Note that you can click on the image and expand it for more detail.
Eliza Ball Hughes recorded the following account of the Hobart monument by her husband in the Sketch of the Life of Robert Ball Hughes, pp. 12-13:
Craven records in Sculpture in America by Wayne Craven. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1968 & 1984 p.72:
For a critical review see Remarks on the Monument to Bishop Hobart, Sculptured by Ball Hughes in A History of the Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York, Part 10?, edited by Morgan Dix, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1906, Appendix I, pp. 485-488, available through Google Books.
I prefer the remarks published shortly after the monument was executed in The Posthumous Works of the Late Right Reverend John Henry Hobart, D.D. by Rev. William Berrian, D. D., Vol I., New York: Swords, Stanford, and Co., 1833, p. 413, available through Google Books:
According to A History of the Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York, pp. 299-300, Ball Hughes also designed a marble altar for the second Trinity Church building in NYC that was torn down in 1839. Trinity gave the altar to the parish of Calvary in uptown Manhattan.
Matt Brown took the following pictures of the monument in June 2012 to highlight the relief and to show the location of the monument in the Verger's Office, off of the Sanctuary.
Note the digital clock above the doorway to the Sanctuary in the picture below, services must start on time! Otherwise, the pictures show the room as it's probably looked since the third church was built in 1846. Click on the images to magnify with your browser. Images by Matt Brown, BrownBuffalo.com.
Trinity Church Sanctuary
Do you know where the altar from the second Trinity Church building is today?
last update 6/15/2012
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