Justin Smith Morrill

  • Preston Powers, Justin Smith Morrill, 1875, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gladys Gleason Swan, 1982.48

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Justin Smith Morrill spent most of his life in political service. Born in Strafford, Vermont, he became a prominent businessman and was elected to Congress, first as a representative and then as a senator. In this portrait, Preston Powers paid homage to Morrill’s political legacy by portraying him as a Roman statesman. His toga and stylized eyes hark back to the portrait busts of classical Rome, but his hairstyle and sideburns are of the nineteenth century.

Title
Justin Smith Morrill
Artist
Date
1875
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
28 x 19 x 11 1/2 in. (71.1 x 48.2 x 29.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Gladys Gleason Swan

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Merrill, Justin Smith – bust
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
Object Number
1982.48
Palette
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