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Cast of the Right Hand and Wrist of Hiram Powers

ca. 1855 Studio of Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster and metal 4 1/2 x 13 x 4 5/8 in. (11.3 x 33.0 x 11.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.137 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


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This cast of the artist’s right hand was probably made around 1855 and was a study for a statue of the statesman Daniel Webster. The hand needed to be shown holding a piece of paper, so Powers made a cast of his own hand in the appropriate position as an aid in composing the finished sculpture.

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Figure male - fragment - hand

sculpture

metal

plaster

About Studio of Hiram Powers

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

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