Edmund Pendleton Gaines

Media - 1968.155.14 - SAAM-1968.155.14_1 - 3266
Copied 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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Artwork Details

Edmund Pendleton Gaines
modeled ca. 1837
20 7814 7810 34 in. (53.037.727.2 cm)
Credit Line
Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson
Mediums Description
  • Occupation — military — general
  • Portrait male — Gaines, Edmund Pendleton
  • Portrait male — Gaines, Edmund Pendleton — bust
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Artwork Description

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.”

Luce Object Quote

“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