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Justin Smith Morrill

1875 Preston Powers Born: Florence, Italy 1843 Died: Florence, Italy 1931 marble 28 x 19 x 11 1/2 in. (71.1 x 48.2 x 29.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Gladys Gleason Swan 1982.48 Not currently on view


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Justin Smith Morrill spent most of his life in political service. Born in Strafford, Vermont, he became a prominent businessman and was elected to Congress, first as a representative and then as a senator. In this portrait, Preston Powers paid homage to Morrill’s political legacy by portraying him as a Roman statesman. His toga and stylized eyes hark back to the portrait busts of classical Rome, but his hairstyle and sideburns are of the nineteenth century.

Keywords

Dress - historic - classical dress

Portrait male - Merrill, Justin Smith - bust

sculpture

stone - marble

About Preston Powers

Born: Florence, Italy 1843 Died: Florence, Italy 1931