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Anstiss Derby Rogers Wetmore

modeled 1846 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 16 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 9 in. (41.4 x 41.8 x 23.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.99 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


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Anstiss Derby Rogers married William S. Wetmore, a New York merchant, who commissioned this portrait three years after their wedding. It was probably Mrs. Wetmore’s wish to have her portrait done in the style of Proserpine, with her shoulders and chest uncovered. When the sculpture was completed, the nudity caused an uproar and the Wetmore family hid the piece from view. Anstiss Wetmore was the focus of even more scandal some time later when she left her husband and ran away to Europe with a coachman. Generations later, when the Wetmore property was handed over to a preservation society, the marble version of this piece was found hidden in the attic of the family home.

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Portrait female - Shephard, William, Mrs. - bust

Portrait female - Shephard, William, Mrs. - nude

Portrait female - Wetmore, Anstiss Derby Rogers - bust

Portrait female - Wetmore, Anstiss Derby Rogers - nude

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About Hiram Powers

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

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