4 December 2003
Property From the Descendants of the Artist
Hiram Powers (1805-1873)
inscribed 'H. Powers/Sculp.' (underneath)
20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) high
Executed circa 1844-47.
By descent in the family to the present owner.
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