Anstiss Derby Rogers Wetmore

  • Hiram Powers, Anstiss Derby Rogers Wetmore, modeled 1843, plaster and metal pins, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.99

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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.

Title
Anstiss Derby Rogers Wetmore
Artist
Date
modeled 1843
On View
Dimensions
16 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 9 in. (41.4 x 41.8 x 23.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster and metal pins
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Wetmore, Anstiss Derby Rogers – bust
  • Portrait female – Wetmore, Anstiss Derby Rogers – nude
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Portrait female – Shephard, William, Mrs. – bust
  • Portrait female – Shephard, William, Mrs. – nude
Object Number
1968.155.99
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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