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Edmund Pendleton Gaines

modeled ca. 1837 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 marble 20 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 10 3/4 in. (53.0 x 37.7 x 27.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.14 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


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“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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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.”

Keywords

Occupation - military - general

Portrait male - Gaines, Edmund Pendleton

Portrait male - Gaines, Edmund Pendleton - bust

sculpture

stone - marble

About Hiram Powers

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

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