Anstiss Derby Rogers Wetmore

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Luce Center Label
Anstiss Derby Rogers married William S. Wetmore, a New York merchant, who commissioned this portrait three years after their wedding. It was probably Mrs. Wetmore’s wish to have her portrait done in the style of Proserpine, with her shoulders and chest uncovered. When the sculpture was completed, the nudity caused an uproar and the Wetmore family hid the piece from view. Anstiss Wetmore was the focus of even more scandal some time later when she left her husband and ran away to Europe with a coachman. Generations later, when the Wetmore property was handed over to a preservation society, the marble version of this piece was found hidden in the attic of the family home.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
modeled 1843
Object number
1968.155.99
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson
Artist
Hiram Powers, born Woodstock, VT 1805-died Florence, Italy 1873
Sitter
Anstiss Derby Rogers Wetmore
Anstiss Derby Rogers Wetmore
Mrs. William Shephard
Mrs. William Shephard
Topic
Study\sculpture model
Portrait female\bust
Portrait female\nude
Portrait female\bust
Portrait female\nude
Medium
plaster and metal pins
Dimensions
16 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 9 in. (41.4 x 41.8 x 23.0 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Sculpture