Biography of Hiram Powers (1805-1873)

American sculptor, born June 29, 1805 in Woodstock, Vermont, and died on June 27, 1873 in Florence. Trained in the Studio of Frederick Eckstein, and 1829 was working in the wax museum of Cincinnati, where it performed skillfully models in this material. About Dante witty scenes in hell had a great success and soon received commissions to do portraits.

At the end of 1834 he/she settled in Washington, where he/she made a portrait of Andrew Jackson, currently conserved at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. In 1835 he/she moved to Italy; two years later, after living some months in Paris, he/she settled permanently in Florence.

In 1843 he/she sculpted his famous statue the Greek slave, figure in marble of a female nude chained to a column within a neo-classical style, kept at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This work was exhibited for the first time in 1851, in the exhibition Universal of the Palacio of glass in London, where it caused a deep sensation and became one of the most known and reproduced period sculptures. After reaching fame with this work, he/she received numerous commissions, including the statues of Benjamín Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, to the Capitol in Washington.