Dr. James G. Playfair

  • Hiram Powers, Dr. James G. Playfair, modeled 1845, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.111

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Hiram Powers lost his first child, James Gibson Powers, to a brain tumor when the boy was only four years old, soon after they arrived in Florence. One of the physicians at the child’s bedside was Dr. James G. Playfair from Scotland, who frequently cared for members of the Powers family. As a thank-you, Powers offered to model his portrait, and a replica of this bust was given to the doctor before he returned to England in 1845.

Title
Dr. James G. Playfair
Artist
Date
modeled 1845
On View
Dimensions
11 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (28.9 x 16.5 x 23.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Occupation – medicine – doctor
  • Portrait male – Playfair, James G. – head
Object Number
1968.155.111
Palette
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