Hiram Powers / Andrew Jackson / 1834-1835; this version, 1839Hiram Powers
Andrew Jackson
1834-1835; this version, 1839

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Creator Name: Powers, Hiram
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1805-1873
Creator Name-CRT: Hiram Powers
Title: Andrew Jackson
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1834
Creation End Date: 1835
Creation Date: 1834-1835; this version, 1839
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: 34 3/4 x 23 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (88.3 x 59.7 x 39.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 94.14
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frances V. Nash, 1894
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

This portrait, arguably Powers's finest, launched his career. With financing provided by his Cincinnati patron Nicholas Longworth and letters of introduction that gained him access to President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), Powers went to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 1834. Jackson sat for Powers in a room next to the president's sitting room in the White House. The model, which was completed in several sittings by January 1835, realistically depicts the sixty-seven-year-old Jackson with his head and gaze turned to his left, his long lean face deeply marked with wrinkles, his mouth and cheeks sunken from lack of teeth, and his creased forehead set off by a shock of thick, brushed-back hair. The only aspects of the bust that relate it to the Neoclassical mode are the unincised eyeball and the toga. The 'Jackson,' along with other portrait busts of statesmen, was translated into marble after Powers settled in Florence permanently in 1837.

AMICA ID: MMA_.94.14
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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