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Judge Alphonso Taft

1869 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 24 3/8 x 16 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (61.8 x 40.8 x 28.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.76 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


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Alphonso Taft was born in Townshend, Vermont, in 1810. He graduated from Yale and began a successful law career in Cincinnati. In 1876 he was appointed secretary of war to President Grant, and was soon promoted to attorney general. Hiram Powers employed many workmen to carve marble replicas of his busts and statues. This was a time-consuming process, and the hair alone in this portrait took almost six weeks to complete.

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Occupation - law - judge

Portrait male - Taft, Alphonso - bust

Portrait male - Taft, Alphonso - nude

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Hiram Powers

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

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