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Dr. James G. Playfair

modeled 1845 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 11 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (28.9 x 16.5 x 23.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.111 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


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Hiram Powers lost his first child, James Gibson Powers, to a brain tumor when the boy was only four years old, soon after they arrived in Florence. One of the physicians at the child’s bedside was Dr. James G. Playfair from Scotland, who frequently cared for members of the Powers family. As a thank-you, Powers offered to model his portrait, and a replica of this bust was given to the doctor before he returned to England in 1845.

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Occupation - medicine - doctor

Portrait male - Playfair, James G. - head

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Hiram Powers

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

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