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Anna Hazard Barker Ward

modeled 1837-1838 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 24 5/8 x 18 7/8 x 11 3/4 in. (62.6 x 47.9 x 29.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.35 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B

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“The bust [of Anna Barker] has been quite a favorite in my studio and I know not how often I have had to answer inquiries about the original of it. Some have preferred it to my ideal busts.” Hiram Powers, 1844, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 1989-91

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In 1837, Boston-born Anna Hazard Barker toured Europe with friends. While there, she met her future husband Samuel Gray Ward, who worked for a British banking firm. When she visited Hiram Powers’s studio in Florence, he offered to model her portrait free of charge. He was still working on this when Anna returned to America, and so he asked her to have a cast taken of her face and sent to him for reference. Powers felt that her features embodied the essence of womanhood, and her portrait was the inspiration for his first ideal bust. The artist’s second daughter was born while he was working on this piece, and named Anna Barker Powers in honor of Powers’s friendship with Mrs. Ward.


Dress - historic - classical dress

Portrait female - Ward, Anna Hazard Barker - bust

Portrait female - Ward, Samuel Gray, Mrs. - bust

Study - sculpture model



About Hiram Powers

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

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