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Portrait of Hiram Powers' Daughter

n.d. Miner Kilbourne Kellogg Born: Manlius Square, New York 1814 Died: Toledo, Ohio 1889 oil on canvas 24 1/4 x 20 in. (61.5 x 50.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Martha F. Butler 1992.66.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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This girl is thought to be Louisa Greenough Powers, the sculptor Hiram Powers’s oldest daughter. In this portrait, she is about ten or eleven years old and wears a white robe and holds a cross, symbolizing her purity and innocence. Miner Kilbourne Kellogg painted her face to reflect the quality of marble, as if to pay homage to Hiram Powers’s rank as the leading American sculptor of his day. Kellogg may have painted this portrait as a token of thanks to Powers for securing him a studio in Florence.

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Figure female - child - waist length

Portrait female - Powers, Hiram, Daughter of

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Miner Kilbourne Kellogg

Born: Manlius Square, New York 1814 Died: Toledo, Ohio 1889

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