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Hiram Powers papers, 1819-1953, bulk 1835-1883

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Series 6: Photographs , circa 1860s-1900, 1927, 1932, 1950s
(Box 10-13, 16, OV 17; 1.8 linear feet)

This series contains numerous photographs of Hiram Powers, his family, friends, notable public figures, and his artwork. Many of the photographs were taken by Hiram Powers' son, Longworth Powers who had a photograph studio in Florence. Found here are several portraits of Hiram Powers, including a portrait of him in his studio apron, standing next to a portrait bust, and photographs of him with the poet William Cullen Bryant and philanthropist George Peabody. Also found are portraits of his wife Elizabeth, son Preston, and three group photographs of the Powers family.
Also within this series is Hiram Powers' extensive collection of 267 Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards depicting friends, notable figures, and those who sat for portraits by the artist, or who had portraits taken by Longworth Powers. Included are American and European artists, performers, politicians and other leaders, writers, and scientists, many of whom were friends with Powers. Notable figures include the artists Thomas Ball, Charles Francis Fuller, and John Everett Millais, performer Sarah Bernhardt, writers Robert Browning, Wilkie Collins, Horace Greeley, Victor Hugo, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Bayard Taylor, John Ruskin, John Greenleaf Whittier, Alfred Tennyson, and Mark Twain, and others, such as William Lloyd Garrison, Henry Ward Beecher, Edward Everett, Florence Nightingale, David Livingston, Prince Napoleon, and Queen Victoria.
Additional photographs contained in this series include five stereo cards of Woodstock, Vermont, including two photographs of the house where Hiram Powers was born, photographs of Italy and the marble quarry at Carrara, and a collection of photographs of Native Americans belonging to Preston Powers. Also found are photographs of artwork by Hiram and Preston Powers, including photographs of artwork in Powers' studio, and photographs of a painted portrait of a young Hiram Powers by Francis Alexander, and a second painted portrait by an unidentified artist.
Also of note is a photograph album kept by Louisa Powers containing photographs of artwork by Powers and photographs of Italy, and two posters with attached photographs by Longworth Powers of people such as Hiram Powers, Thomas Ball, and their artwork, and photographs of Italy.
This series also contains many glass plate photographs and negatives, including two lantern slides of unidentified people, possibly taken by Longworth Powers of members of the Powers family. Glass plate negatives consist of three portraits of Hiram Powers and one of his wife Elizabeth, other unidentified portraits, and photographs of sculpture by Powers, which can also be found among the printed photographs in this series.
Photographs are arranged by format and subject matter. The bulk of this series has been scanned. Items not scanned include photographs of artwork.
Description Container Select
Photograph Portraits of Hiram Powers, circa 1860s-1870s
(See also Box 16, Folder 1)
10
59
Photograph Portraits of Hiram Powers, circa 1860s-1870s
(See also Box 16, Folder 1)
10
60
Photographs of Hiram Powers with William Cullen Bryant, circa 1865
10
61
Photographs of Hiram Powers with George Peabody, circa 1860s
10
62
Photograph of Hiram Powers Death Mask, circa 1888
10
63
Photographs of Powers Family, circa 1860-1870
10
64
Photographs of Hiram Powers Studio, early 1950s
(See also Box 16, Folder 2)
reproductions by David Lees for LIFE magazine.
10
65
Cartes de Visite & Cabinet Cards
Artists, circa 1860s
10
66
Engineers & Industrialists, circa 1860s
10
67
English Nobility & Statesmen, circa 1860s-early 1870s
10
68
Military Leaders, circa 1860s-early 1870s
10
69
Performers, circa 1860s
10
70
Politicians, circa 1860s
10
71
Presidents, circa 1860s-early 1870s
11
1
Religious Leaders, circa 1860s-early 1870s
11
2
Royalty & International Politicians, circa 1860s-early 1870s
11
3
Scientists & Philosophers, circa 1860s-early 1870s
11
4
Writers & Poets, circa 1860s-early 1870s
11
5
Miscellaneous, circa 1860s-early 1870s
11
6
Unidentified People, circa 1860s-1870s
11
7
Photographs (Stereo Cards) of Woodstock, Vermont, 1874
11
8
Photographs of Marble Quarry, Carrara, Italy, circa 1860s
11
9
Photographs of Italy, circa late-1800s
11
10
Photographs of Native Americans & Buffalo, circa 1880s
11
11
Photographs of Artwork by Hiram Powers, circa late-1800s
(see also Box 16, Folder 3)
11
12-13
Photographs of Sculpture by Preston Powers, circa 1870s
11
14
Photographs of Painted Portraits of Hiram Powers, circa late-1800s
11
15
Photographs of Artwork by Others, 1862, circa late-1800s
11
16
Miscellaneous Photographs, circa 1860s-1880s, 1932
(See also Box 16, Folder 4)
11
17
Posters of Photographs by Longworth Powers, circa 1860s-late-1800s
(See OV 17)
11
18
Photograph Album belonging to Louisa Powers Ibbotson, 1927
(See Box 16)
11
19
Glass Plate Negatives and Slides , circa 1870s
Images include Hiram Powers, Unidentified People, and Sculpture.
12
Glass Plate Negatives and Slides, circa 1870s, circa 1900s
Images include Hiram Powers, Elizabeth Powers, two men in a car, unidentified people, an outdoor carnival, and sculpture in Powers's studio.
13
Oversized Photograph Portraits of Hiram Powers, circa 1860s-1870s
(Scanned with Box 10, Folders 59-60)
16
1
Oversized Photographs of Hiram Powers Studio, circa 1860s
(Scanned with Box 10, Folder 65)
16
2
Oversized Photographs of Artwork by Hiram Powers, circa late-1800s
(See also Box 11, Folders 12-13; not scanned)
16
3
Oversized Miscellaneous Photographs, circa 1860s-1880s, 1932
(Scanned with Box 11, Folder 17)
16
4
Oversized Photograph Album belonging to Louisa Powers Ibbotson, 1927
(Scanned with Box 11, Folder 19)
16
5
Oversized Posters of Photographs by Longworth Powers, circa 1860s-late-1800s
(Scanned with Box 11, Folder 18)
OV 17

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