Edmund Pendleton Gaines

  • Hiram Powers, Edmund Pendleton Gaines, modeled ca. 1837, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.14

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After the War of 1812, General Edmund Pendleton Gaines was promoted to major general and received a gold medal for his service. During the Mexican War, he was court-martialed for failing to obey orders, but the charges were dropped after he defended his patriotism. This bust was modeled at the request of General Memucan Hunt, a soldier and politician who also sat for Hiram Powers. After the sculpture was completed, Powers described how General Gaines “brought a bevy of ladies . . . to look at his bust . . . and did everything but gobble while they praised it.”

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“General Gaines . . . is quite a tall man, with a white head . . . He is quite a strange mixture of vanity, good sound sense, and nonsense . . . He has always a smile upon his face and is remarkably polite and good-natured to all around him.” Hiram Powers, 1841, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 1989-91

Edmund Pendleton Gaines
modeled ca. 1837
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20 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 10 3/4 in. (53.0 x 37.7 x 27.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

  • Portrait male – Gaines, Edmund Pendleton – bust
  • Occupation – military – general
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