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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

modeled 1869 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 18 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (47.5 x 29.5 x 19.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.98 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


Luce Center 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

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.

Keywords

Occupation - writer - poet

Portrait male - Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth - bust

Portrait male - Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth - nude

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Hiram Powers

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

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