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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Artist
Hiram Powers, born Woodstock, VT 1805-died Florence, Italy 1873
Sitter
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Date
modeled 1869
Type
Sculpture
Medium
plaster
Dimensions
18 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (47.5 x 29.5 x 19.2 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1968.155.98
Luce Center Label
Hiram Powers often thought about giving up portrait busts to concentrate solely on his ideal sculptures. Some opportunities were too tempting to resist, however, as with the portrait of the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Powers modeled the sculpture out of respect for the poet and as a valuable addition to his busts of notable people; the sitter’s brother and sister as well as many admirers of his poetry commissioned several replicas. This portrait is an example of Powers’s later work during the 1860s, when he modeled his busts after the classical Greek herm design, with a squared-off, tapering base.
Luce Object Quote
“Visitors to my studio have found a Homeric character in this bust, and some think it the best I have ever done.” Hiram Powers, 1870, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 1989-91
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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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
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