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Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. Hayes
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Artist
Olin Levi Warner, 9 Apr 1844 - 14 Aug 1896
Sitter
Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 4 Oct 1822 - 17 Jan 1893
Date
1876
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
With Socle: 27.3 x 24.8 x 12.7cm (10 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 5")
Base: 8.9 x 8.9cm (3 1/2 x 3 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of Mrs. Carlyle Jones, 1974
Object number
NPG.76.27
Exhibition Label
In the summer of 1876, sculptor Olin Warner tried to interest the two major political parties in commissioning busts of their presidential candidates to be replicated for campaigning. The Republican camp, which was having a hard time drumming up interest in the rather colorless Rutherford B. Hayes, took advantage of the proposal. At least one Hayes supporter pinned great hopes on the resulting likeness's ability to persuade a so-far doubting public that Hayes was "a man of power." The venture for replicating the bust on a large scale, however, never went very far, and only a few copies were ever made.
Provenance
Carlyle Jones; gift to the National Collection of Fine Arts (now Smithsonian American Art Museum) 1974; transferred to NPG 1976
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Usage
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