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America

Artist:
Hiram Powers (American, Woodstock, Vermont 1805–1873 Florence)
Date:
1850–54; carved after 1854
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
27 5/8 x 20 1/4 x 13 5/8 in. (70.2 x 51.4 x 34.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William A. M. Burden Jr., 1966
Accession Number:
66.243
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 731
Powers modeled his personification of "America" as a bust after completing a full-length version intended to "embody the political creed of our country." The youthful maiden wears a diadem with thirteen stars referring to the thirteen original colonies, which the sculptor saw as "giving majesty and dignity." America was among the most popular of Powers’s idealized busts, and he reaped a steady profit from it, replicating it at least twenty-eight times.
Signature: [back]: H POWERS / [cursive] Sculp
Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden, Jr., until 1966
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