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Solomon Sturgis

modeled 1862 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 23 3/8 x 15 1/4 x 10 3/4 in. (59.3 x 38.6 x 27.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.49 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


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Solomon Sturges was a successful grain merchant in Chicago. During the Civil War, he organized and financed a large group of Union volunteers called the Sturges Rifles. The sitter’s son, Benjamin Sturges, commissioned this portrait in 1862. As Solomon Sturges was unable to travel to Italy, Hiram Powers worked from photographs and measurements provided by the son. Unfortunately, crossing the Atlantic from Florence to the United States was complicated by the war, and the marble sculpture reached America only a week before Sturges’s death.

Keywords

Occupation - monetary - banker

Portrait male - Sturges, Solomon - bust

Portrait male - Sturges, Solomon - nude

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Hiram Powers

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

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