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Rachel Louise Carson

Artist
Una Hanbury, 1904 - 9 Feb 1990
Sitter
Rachel Louise Carson, 27 May 1907 - 14 Apr 1964
Date
1965
Type
Sculpture
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")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.66.19
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
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View
NPG, South Gallery 342
Place
United States\District of Columbia\Washington