America

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Title

America

Subject

Sculpture, American.

Description

Carved marble bust of female figure [28 x 12 x 21 in.]. The sitter wears a crown of stars and a cloak is draped over the proper left (PL) shoulder. The artifact is carved from a single block of white marble and is attached to a white marble sockle with a square base. "H.Power Sculp" is inscribed on the reverse of the sculpture.

America began as a figure symbolizing the republican ideals of the 1848 revolutions in Europe. Powers altered the work in 1850 to make it more symbolic of the Union, as a statement against the Secessionist movement. Powers produced fifteen versions of America -- one of which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and another in the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University.

Creator

Powers, Hiram.

Hiram Powers was a sculptor from Washington, D.C. and Florence, Italy. Powers' international success due to his work "Greek Slave," established him as the leading American sculptor of his day.

Publisher

Falmouth Public Library


America was a gift to the Falmouth Library from George W. Wales.

Date

18--?

Rights

Please contact librarian.

Format

Marble sculpture

Identifier

art_sculpture_powers_america

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Original Format

Marble bust.

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