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William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859)

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Painted plaster
Overall: 9 7/8 x 5 5/8 x 4 in. ( 25.1 x 14.3 x 10.2 cm )
signed: at back of base: "T. BALL Sculp/Boston./1859" incised: at front of base: "Prescott"
Portrait bust.
Gallery Label: 
Prescott was born in Salem, Mass., and graduated from Harvard in 1814. A specialist in Spanish history, he wrote several influential books that earned him literary and scholarly acclaim. Among them were the "History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic" (3 vols., 1838), the "History of the Conquest of Mexico" (1843), and the "History of the Conquest of Peru" (1847).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. William A. Greene
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group