Hiram Powers (American, 1805-1873)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC 36
District of Columbia 36
United States 407
Hiram Powers, America sculpture
In 1848, Hiram Powers began work on America. The marble statue, in which a tall woman, wearing a crown of the original 13 stars, stands on the broken chains of slavery, was destroyed
in a fire in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1865, four or five months after Lincoln was assassinated.
American neoclassical sculptor Hiram Powers was born in 1805 in Woodstock, Vermont. When he was 17 years old he became an assistant to Luman Watson, Cincinnati's early wooden clockmaker, who owned a clock and organ factory.
At age 32 Powers moved to Italy and settled on the Via Fornace in Florence.
The Greek Slave, Hiram Powers best known sculpture, gained a lot of attention when it was exhibit in 1847 and in Britain in 1851. Hiram Powers died in 1873 and was buried at the English Cemetery in Florence, Italy.