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John Slidell

modeled 1840 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 24 1/4 x 26 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (61.7 x 67.2 x 37.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.26 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


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Born in 1793, John Slidell grew up in New York and later settled in New Orleans. He established a successful law practice there and, in 1843, was elected to the United States Senate. This sculpture was modeled in 1840. Portrait busts were often carved with classical drapery, and Hiram Powers depicted Slidell with an ancient Greek himation, or cloak, covering his shoulders and chest. When Slidell received his marble portrait three years later, he described it as an “admirable likeness.”

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Dress - historic - classical dress

Portrait male - Slidell, John - bust

Study - sculpture model

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plaster

About Hiram Powers

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

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