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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hiram Powers, American (Woodstock, NY 1805 - 1873 Florence, Italy)
Loulie's Hand
Other Titles
Former Title: Luly's Hand
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions
7.3 x 14 cm (2 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: on base: H. Powers
Charles Lawrence Peirson; to his nephew James Hardy Ropes; his gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1928.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Professor James Hardy Ropes
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Nathaniel Hawthorne, French and Italian Notebooks (Boston, MA, 1873), p. 308

H. Wade White, "Nineteenth Century American Sculpture at Harvard, a Glance at the Collection", Harvard Library Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, October 1970), vol. XVIII, no. 4, p. 364, pl. XII

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 57, ill.

William H. Gerdts, American Neo-Classic Sculpture: the Marble Resurrection, Viking Press (New York, NY, 1973), p. 141, pl. 175; text p. 140, b/w

Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers: Vermont Sculptor, 1805-1873, Vol. II, University of Delaware Press/ Associated University Presses (Newark DE/London and Toronto, 1991), p. 185, cat. 218, ill.

John M. Hunisak, Castings, Casts and Replicas: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture from Europe and America in New England Collections, exh. cat., Middlebury College Museum of Art (Middlebury, VT, 1994), reproduced in b/w no. 34, p. 109

Charles Colbert, "Spiritual Currents and Manifest Destiny in the Art of Hiram Powers", The Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (New York, NY, September 2000), vol. LXXXII, no. 3, pp. 529-543, p. 533, no. 4

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, Sara Schechner, and Sarah Anne Carter, Tangible Things: Making History through Objects, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York, 2015), p. 29, repr. as fig. 31

Exhibition History

The History of American Sculpture, The Newark Museum, Newark, 05/01/1962 - 10/31/1962

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

The Extended Hand, University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, 01/01/1974 - 01/31/1974

Carvings, Casts, & Replicas: nineteenth-century sculpture from Europe & America in New England collections, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, 09/22/1994 - 12/11/1994

Tangible Things, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Cambridge, 01/24/2011 - 05/29/2011

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/11/2015 - 05/10/2015

Subjects and Contexts

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