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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 25, 1854.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 25, 1854.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882


  • Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 25, 1854., Part of the Hiram Powers and Powers Family Papers, microfilmed by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, and loaned by the Cincinnati Historical Society., (accessed January 20, 2018)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 25, 1854.

Transcribed by : Ellen Mazur Thomson & Ralph H. Orth

TEI mark-up by : James P. Tranowski andEllen Mazur Thomson

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Geneva June 25 1854

Dear Powers

I have omitted replying to your last kind note until my plans should be a little arranged, but now that I can see my way clearer, I lose no further time in thanking you for your assurances of sympathy and friendship, which I most heartily & warmly reciprocate, and for your numerous and valuable kindnesses to my son, of which both my wife & myself, as I hope he also, will always retain a most grateful recollection. We had a most agreeable journey through Italy, by way of Ancona, Ravenna, Bologna, Parma & Milan, after which we crossed the Stelvio into the Tyrol, & went North as far as Bamberg, visiting by the way the collections of Munich & Nuremberg, as well as the remarkable sculptures of Colin at Innsbruck, from all which we derived great pleasure, & I hope permanent instruction.

I was perhaps a little selfish in so earnestly wishing you to visit Rome during -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- our stay as I hoped to profit by your observations on the great masterpieces of art in which Rome is so rich, but still I cannot help thinking, that a little rest from your own labours, and that amid the galleries of the Vatican, would have been time gained rather than lost to you. It was gratifying to me to see in the great fertility of the sculptors at Rome evidence of a very liberal patronage of art, American as well as English, & continental, though it is certainly not always very judiciously bestowed. Out of this abundant production must come much that is good, & the world can afford a pretty large percentage of what is inferior for the sake of the excellent that remains. I don't know whether any other modern sculptor has left behind him so much as the elder Schwanthaler. All his models are collected in a museum left by himself to the government, but I found less to admire among them than I expected. The defeat of Varus by Arminius seemed to me better than anything else of his. Crawford's Patrick Henry is quite or very nearly finished -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- in bronze, & the effect is much finer than the plaster. Nevertheless, I cannot like the extreme meagreness of the torso, and think it a pity the pantaloons should have been cut by so shocking a tailor. The Jefferson is both better & worse, & I think will generally please better. George left us at Bamberg, & is now at Berlin, where I hope he will pass his time to good purpose. It is quite time for him to begin to think of the sober realities of life, & he must next spring reconcile himself to the dreariness of American country society, & the dullness of professional study.

I shall always be extremely happy to hear from you at Burlington, where I expect to be in August, & if I can be of any use to you or yours, I am sure you will not scruple to command my services freely and unreservedly. My wife and niece -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- join me in affectionate remembrances to you all.

Yours very truly

Geo. P. Marsh
Mr Hiram Powers

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