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The Reverend Thomas Worcester

1851 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 24 3/8 x 15 3/4 x 11 1/8 in. (62.0 x 40.0 x 28.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.36 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


Luce Center Label

The Reverend Thomas Worcester was the first clergyman in Massachusetts to be ordained in the “New Church.” This church was founded on the theology of the philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, who saw a strong relationship between nature and the spiritual world. Worcester met Hiram Powers in 1850 while touring Europe with his family. Powers had been a follower of Swedenborgianism since his early days in Cincinnati, and while visiting Florence, Worcester baptized Powers and his children as members of the church. The Powers home became a center of this faith for Americans in Florence, and Worcester donated a great deal of literature for the artist to distribute among his friends.

Keywords

Occupation - religion - clergy

Portrait male - Worcester, Thomas - bust

Portrait male - Worcester, Thomas - nude

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Hiram Powers

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

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