John Slidell

  • Hiram Powers, John Slidell, modeled 1840, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.26

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Born in 1793, John Slidell grew up in New York and later settled in New Orleans. He established a successful law practice there and, in 1843, was elected to the United States Senate. This sculpture was modeled in 1840. Portrait busts were often carved with classical drapery, and Hiram Powers depicted Slidell with an ancient Greek himation, or cloak, covering his shoulders and chest. When Slidell received his marble portrait three years later, he described it as an “admirable likeness.”

Title
John Slidell
Artists
Date
modeled 1840
On View
Dimensions
24 1/4 x 26 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (61.7 x 67.2 x 37.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
  • Portrait male – Slidell, John – bust
Object Number
1968.155.26
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