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Fisher Boy

modeled 1844 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 46 x 15 1/8 x 11 3/4 in. (116.7 x 38.4 x 29.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 18A


Luce Center Quote

β€œHe fears an approaching storm, a superstition that the sound of the conch denotes the state of the sea.” Hiram Powers, 1852, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 1989-91

Luce Center Label

Hiram Powers started work on Fisher Boy in 1843, when the model for Greek Slave was almost complete. He was probably inspired by the statue Girl Holding a Shell to Her Ear, by German sculptor Carl Steinhauser, which was described as β€œa young girl listening to the sound of a shell.” The child in Fisher Boy stands on a beach with his ear to a conch shell, leaning on the tiller of a boat. The delicate facial features and relaxed pose evoke ancient Greek sculpture, which often depicted young men on the threshold of puberty.

Keywords

Figure male - child

Figure male - full length

Figure male - nude

Recreation - sport and play - fishing

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Hiram Powers

Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873

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