28 1/2 x 19 7/8 x 12 inches
Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund
Not Currently on Display
About the Artwork
In 1866, Hiram Powers was commissioned by Marshall Woods, Providence, RI to create two new ideal busts of the sculptor’s own choosing. Powers decided to portray the Heavenly Graces and he persuaded his patron to increase the order to three busts – Faith, Hope and Charity. Hope was the first of the three completed. According to Richard Wunder, the present bust may be the example ordered by Lewis Lloyd, Bromley, Kent, England in 1867.1
1. Wunder, Richard, “Hiram Powers: Vermont Sculptor, 1805-1873”, University of Delaware Press, Newark, 1991, vol. II, pp. 178-179.