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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 19th century: Alma Hammond L'Hommedieu
Alma Hammond L'Hommedieu

Alma Hammond L'Hommedieu
1872 or 1873
Hiram Powers
23 7/8 x 18 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (60.6 x 46.6 x 26.4 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson


Alma Hammond L’Hommedieu was the daughter of Charles Hammond, associate justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Her husband, Stephen L’Hommedieu, publisher of the Cincinnati Gazette, commissioned this portrait in 1870. Powers completed the marble replica three years later, only a short time before his death. The patient expression and fine-lined face, together with the simple clothing, suggest a middle-aged lady with no pretensions to grandeur.

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