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Hiram Powers

Born: Woodstock, VT, 29 July 1805
Died: Florence, Italy, 27 June 1873
Nationality: American

with Frederick Eckstein


Employed at Dorfeuille’s Western Museum (Cincinnati) creating animated wax figures

1829 – patron Nicholas Longworth funds move to New York

1834 – moves to Washington, DC; creates portrait busts of Andrew Jackson (1835, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY), John Marshall (1835, US Capitol, Washington, DC), and Martin van Buren (1837, New York Historical Society)

1837 –moves to Florence

1841 – begins work on the Greek Slave

1845 – Greek Slave is exhibited in London

1847 – Greek Slave tours American cities

1851 – Greek Slave shown at Great (Crystal Palace) Exhibition (London)

1855 – Greek Slave exhibited at Exposition universelle (Paris)

1859 –receives commissions for marble statues of Benjamin Franklin (1862) and Thomas Jefferson (1863) for the US Capitol


New York (1829); Washington, DC (1834); Italy (1837-1873)

Commissions from: 

US Government

Important Artworks: 

Greek Slave, 1843 (original, Raby Castle, Durham; there are 6 copies) (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)