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Cast of the Hand of Louisa G. Powers Ibbotson

1929 Unidentified plaster 2 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 5 in. (6.4 x 23.5 x 12.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.170 Not currently on view

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Louisa "Loulie" Greenough Powers was Hiram Powers's oldest daughter, born soon after the death of his first child, Jimmy. She was named after the sculptor Horatio Greenough's sister, Louisa, who was a close friend of the family. Loulie Powers married the successful English steel manufacturer Alfred Buckingham Ibbotson in 1862. The Ibbotsons later built a huge villa on the property adjoining her father's home in Florence, which became known as the "marble palace" and is still home to descendants of the Powers family. Louisa Ibbotson died in 1929, and an unidentified artist took this cast of her hand probably as a memento, just after her death.


Figure female - elderly

Figure female - fragment - hand