William West Durant

  • Hiram Powers, William West Durant, modeled 1863, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.46

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Born in 1850, William West Durant was the eldest child of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Clark Durant. In 1863, Mrs. Durant left New York with her two children and spent the next thirteen years in Europe, leaving her husband behind to attend to his flourishing railroad business. In Florence she commissioned Hiram Powers to create portraits of herself and her children, and ordered several replicas of other statues. The Durants were slow in paying the artist, and he told them that “I shall put the models of your busts on a separate shelf with the names attached and mark that shelf Delinquents . . .

William West Durant
modeled 1863
On View
Not on view.
20 1/8 x 16 3/4 x 11 1/8 in. (51.0 x 42.7 x 28.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums Description
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
  • Portrait male – Durant, William West – child
  • Portrait male – Durant, William West – bust
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