Portrait of Hiram Powers' Daughter

  • Miner Kilbourne Kellogg, Portrait of Hiram Powers' Daughter, n.d., oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Martha F. Butler, 1992.66.5

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This girl is thought to be Louisa Greenough Powers, the sculptor Hiram Powers’s oldest daughter. In this portrait, she is about ten or eleven years old and wears a white robe and holds a cross, symbolizing her purity and innocence. Miner Kilbourne Kellogg painted her face to reflect the quality of marble, as if to pay homage to Hiram Powers’s rank as the leading American sculptor of his day. Kellogg may have painted this portrait as a token of thanks to Powers for securing him a studio in Florence.

Title
Portrait of Hiram Powers' Daughter
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
24 1/4 x 20 in. (61.5 x 50.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Martha F. Butler

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Powers, Hiram, Daughter of
  • Figure female – child – waist length
Object Number
1992.66.5
Palette
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