Akers' Head of Sleeping Child, ca. 1861

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Maine sculptor Benjamin Paul Akers (1825-1861), who was born in Saccarappa (Westbrook), is best known for "The Dead Pearl Diver" and other idealized works he created while in Rome, Italy.

This small, unfired bas relief of a sleeping child is said to be his last work before he died at 36 of tuberculosis.

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About This Item

  • Title: Akers' Head of Sleeping Child, ca. 1861
  • Creator: Akers, Benjamin Paul
  • Creation Date: circa 1861
  • Subject Date: circa 1861
  • Town: Westbrook
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Earthenware, Clay
  • Dimensions: 7 cm x 7 cm
  • Local Code: 4340*
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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