18 May 2004
Hiram Powers (1805-1873)
signed and inscribed 'H.Powers/Sculp.' (underneath)
20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) high
Executed circa 1844-47.
By descent in the family of the artist, until 2003.
Private collection, Ohio.
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Proserpine was one of Powers's most popular works and underwent several changes by the artist. The present work is an example from the second version in which Powers replaced an elaborate wreath of wheat with a classical base of acanthus leaves.
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