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Powers, Hiram

Born: 1805 AD
Died: 1873 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Sculptor

1805 – Born in Woodstock, Vermont, on the 29th of June.

1819 – His father removed to Ohio, about six miles from Cincinnati, where the son attended school for about a year, staying meanwhile with his brother, a lawyer in Cincinnati.

1826 – He began to frequent the studio of Frederick Eckstein, and at once conceived a strong passion for the art of sculpture.

1834 – After studying thoroughly the art of modelling and casting, at the end, he went to Washington DC, where his remarkable gifts soon awakened general attention.

1837 – He settled in Florence.

1839 – His statue of Eve excited the warm admiration of Bertel Thorvaldsen,

1843 – He produced his celebrated statue The Greek Slave, which at once gave him a place among the leading sculptors of his time.

1873 – Died on the the 27th of June, and is buried as were three of his children, in the ‘English’ Cemetery, Florence.