Photo: Susan Lundrum, findingnyc.com, 2017
Parks Department press release 30 May 1941: "Peter Stuyvesant, last and
most famous of the Dutch Directors General of Manhattan, lying in a vault
beneath the walls of the old St. Marks Church in the Bowery, is honored by
the erection of a statue in nearby Stuyvesant Square Park, Manhattan
... Early in 1936, Commissioner of Parks, Robert Moses, agreed to cooperate
with a committee of the Foundation in this enterprise. Mrs. Gertrude
Vanderbilt Whitney, the sculptress, was commissioned by the committee to
execute the work and Mr. Aymar Embury, Consulting Architect,
represented the Department of Parks. Completed just prior to the opening of
the World's Fair, it was decided that the statue should first be seen by
visitors to the Netherland Exhibit." Does this mean he did the pedestal?
Whitney (Cornelius Vanderbilt's daughter and not only a sculptor but also
patron of the arts) and Embury were friends and collaborators on many
projects, so who knows.