Hiram Powers American

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.

America, Hiram Powers (American, Woodstock, Vermont 1805–1873 Florence), Marble, American

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