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Mrs. 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

Chicago businessman Potter Palmer and his wife Bertha commissioned a pair of portraits in 1871 from Hiram Powers, an American sculptor living in Florence (see Mr. Potter Palmer). Executed in marble, with folded draperies and restrained features, the busts exemplify the classicizing style that Powers honed in Italy—and some Americans found so appealing—in the mid-19th century. They are among the first works of art purchased by the couple, who soon became major art collectors and philanthropists. Bertha Honoré Palmer, in particular, was a discerning collector, responsible for bringing some of the first works by French Impressionists to Chicago. An important cultural leader, she organized the displays and programming for the Woman’s Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in the city.

Status

On View, Gallery 161

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Hiram Powers (Sculptor)

Title

Mrs. Potter Palmer

Origin

United States

Date

1871

Medium

Carrera marble

Inscriptions

Signed on back: "H. POWERS / Sculp"

Dimensions

69.5 × 48.9 × 29.5 cm (27 3/8 × 19 1/4 × 11 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Gordon and Janis Palmer

Reference Number

1990.494.2

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