Mr. Potter Palmer

A work made of carrera marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of carrera marble.

Date:

1871

Artist:

Hiram Powers
American, 1805–1873

About this artwork

The prominent Chicago art collectors and philanthropists Bertha and Potter Palmer commissioned these marble portrait busts during their wedding trip to Europe in 1871. Among the first works of art they purchased, the busts are indicative of the naturalistic, yet classically refined style of Hiram Powers, a well-known American sculptor who lived in Florence. Powers immortalized the couple in a dignified and graceful manner suitable to their social station. The Palmers were among the first Americans to avidly collect French Impressionist painting, and much of their collection now belongs to the Art Institute. Artist Mary Cassatt advised the couple on many of their purchases.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Hiram Powers

Title

Mr. Potter Palmer

Origin

United States

Date

1871

Medium

Carrera marble

Dimensions

72.4 × 44 × 29.4 cm (28 1/2 × 17 5/16 × 11 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Gordon and Janis Palmer

Reference Number

1990.494.1

Extended information about this artwork

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