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Artist:
Hiram Powers, born Woodstock, VT 1805-died Florence, Italy 1873  Search this
Sitter:
James G. Playfair  Search this
Medium:
plaster
Dimensions:
11 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (28.9 x 16.5 x 23.8 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
modeled 1845
Luce Center Label:
Hiram Powers lost his first child, James Gibson Powers, to a brain tumor when the boy was only four years old, soon after they arrived in Florence. One of the physicians at the child’s bedside was Dr. James G. Playfair from Scotland, who frequently cared for members of the Powers family. As a thank-you, Powers offered to model his portrait, and a replica of this bust was given to the doctor before he returned to England in 1845.
Topic:
Study\sculpture model  Search this
Occupation\medicine\doctor  Search this
Portrait male\head  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson
Object number:
1968.155.111
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1968.155.111