The Reverend Thomas Worcester

The Reverend Thomas Worcester was the first clergyman in Massachusetts to be ordained in the New Church.” This church was founded on the theology of the philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, who saw a strong relationship between nature and the spiritual world. Worcester met Hiram Powers in 1850 while touring Europe with his family. Powers had been a follower of Swedenborgianism since his early days in Cincinnati, and while visiting Florence, Worcester baptized Powers and his children as members of the church. The Powers home became a center of this faith for Americans in Florence, and Worcester donated a great deal of literature for the artist to distribute among his friends.

Title
The Reverend Thomas Worcester
Artist
Date
1851
Location
Dimensions
24 3815 3411 18 in. (62.040.028.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Worcester, Thomas – nude
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Portrait male – Worcester, Thomas – bust
Object Number
1968.155.36
Palette
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