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Edmund Pendleton Gaines

Hiram Powers, born Woodstock, VT 1805-died Florence, Italy 1873
Edmund Pendleton Gaines
Edmund Pendleton Gaines
modeled ca. 1837
20 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 10 3/4 in. (53.0 x 37.7 x 27.2 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson
Object number
Luce Center Label
After the War of 1812, General Edmund Pendleton Gaines was promoted to major general and received a gold medal for his service. During the Mexican War, he was court-martialed for failing to obey orders, but the charges were dropped after he defended his patriotism. This bust was modeled at the request of General Memucan Hunt, a soldier and politician who also sat for Hiram Powers. After the sculpture was completed, Powers described how General Gaines “brought a bevy of ladies . . . to look at his bust . . . and did everything but gobble while they praised it.”
Luce Object Quote
“General Gaines . . . is quite a tall man, with a white head . . . He is quite a strange mixture of vanity, good sound sense, and nonsense . . . He has always a smile upon his face and is remarkably polite and good-natured to all around him.” Hiram Powers, 1841, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 1989-91
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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