Judge Alphonso Taft

  • Hiram Powers, Judge Alphonso Taft, 1869, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.76

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Alphonso Taft was born in Townshend, Vermont, in 1810. He graduated from Yale and began a successful law career in Cincinnati. In 1876 he was appointed secretary of war to President Grant, and was soon promoted to attorney general. Hiram Powers employed many workmen to carve marble replicas of his busts and statues. This was a time-consuming process, and the hair alone in this portrait took almost six weeks to complete.

Title
Judge Alphonso Taft
Artist
Date
1869
On View
Dimensions
24 3/8 x 16 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (61.8 x 40.8 x 28.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Taft, Alphonso – bust
  • Portrait male – Taft, Alphonso – nude
  • Occupation – law – judge
  • Study – sculpture model
Object Number
1968.155.76
Palette
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