Fisher Boy

Hiram Powers started work on Fisher Boy in 1843, when the model for Greek Slave was almost complete. He was probably inspired by the statue Girl Holding a Shell to Her Ear, by German sculptor Carl Steinhauser, which was described as a young girl listening to the sound of a shell.” The child in Fisher Boy stands on a beach with his ear to a conch shell, leaning on the tiller of a boat. The delicate facial features and relaxed pose evoke ancient Greek sculpture, which often depicted young men on the threshold of puberty.

He fears an approaching storm, a superstition that the sound of the conch denotes the state of the sea.” Hiram Powers, 1852, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 198991

Title
Fisher Boy
Artist
Date
modeled 1844
Location
Dimensions
4615 1811 34 in. (116.738.429.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Recreation – sport and play – fishing
  • Figure male – nude
  • Figure male – child
Object Number
1968.155.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
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