1839 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (14.0 x 14.0 x 7.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.129 Not currently on view
Luce Center Quote
“[The cast] is as fresh and pure as the day you cast and gave it to me.” Louisa Greenough Powers, 1860, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 1989-91
Luce Center Label
Hiram Powers’s first daughter, Louisa Greenough Powers, was born in 1838. Powers made many casts of his daughter’s hands and forearms, including Louisa Powers’ Hand, taken when she was one year old. This cast was displayed in the artist’s studio on a luxurious green cushion. From this, Powers modeled a sculpture of a small hand resting on an open sunflower, a symbol of devotion. The piece became so popular that clients requested replicas for many years after the first version was completed. The later Loulie’s Hand, modeled in 1851, was commissioned by James Lenox, a New York merchant and philanthropist.
Figure female - fragment - hand
Study - sculpture model