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Artist:
Una Hanbury, 1904 - 9 Feb 1990  Search this
Sitter:
Rachel Louise Carson, 27 May 1907 - 14 Apr 1964  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
With Base: 48.6 x 21 x 15.6cm (19 1/8 x 8 1/4 x 6 1/8")
Without Base: 28.3 x 21 x 15.6cm (11 1/8 x 8 1/4 x 6 1/8")
Base: 20.3 x 15.2 x 15.2cm (8 x 6 x 6")
Type:
Sculpture
Place:
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Date:
1965
Exhibition Label:
Born Springdale, Pennsylvania
As a government scientist, Rachel Carson became concerned about the ecological impact of pesticides, especially DDT, and in 1962 she published the groundbreaking Silent Spring. Finely written and passionately reasoned, Silent Spring exploded into national consciousness and can be said to have started the modern environmental movement. Although some of its conclusions are still controversial today, the book was a warning that an active citizenry had to be skeptical of large institutions, an attitude that became a dominant theme of the 1960s and 1970s. Sculptor Una Hanbury, who met Carson shortly before her death, was struck by her tremendous vitality and incorporated that quality into her portrait.
Provenance:
Una Hanbury [1904-1990]; purchased NPG 1966
Topic:
Rachel Louise Carson: Female  Search this
Rachel Louise Carson: Literature\Writer\Scientific  Search this
Rachel Louise Carson: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Rachel Louise Carson: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
Rachel Louise Carson: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist  Search this
Rachel Louise Carson: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Marine Biologist  Search this
Rachel Louise Carson: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.66.19
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.66.19