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Artist:
Edward Virginius Valentine, 1838 - 1930  Search this
Studio:
Arthur Bruce Hoheb, c. 1930 - c. 1997  Search this
Sitter:
Matthew Fontaine Maury, 14 Jan 1806 - 1 Feb 1873  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
With Socle: 61.6 x 36.8 x 25.4cm (24 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 10")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1978 cast after 1869 original
Exhibition Label:
With the start of hostilities in the spring of 1861, Matthew Fontaine Maury resigned his post as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory and offered his services to the Confederate government. In Richmond, Maury set to work on the development of underwater torpedoes. Others before him had experimented with such electrically charged devices, but Maury was the first American to use them successfully in battle. Secretary of Navy Gideon Welles reported to Congress after the war that the federal navy "had lost more vessels from Confederate torpedoes than from all other causes combined."
Provenance:
Hoheb Studios; purchased NPG 1978
Topic:
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Male  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Literature\Writer  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Military\Navy\Officer  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Education\Educator\Professor\College  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Science and Technology\Scientist\Earth Scientist\Oceanographer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.78.34
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 111
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.78.34