Harriet Hosmer Letters and Memories


CARR, Cornelia (Ed).

Contains much of ‘Hattie’s’ correspondences with Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett.


London: John Lane at the Bodley Head, 1913. Red cloth covers with gilt title, frontis. and 30 plates, xiii, 386pp.

Red cloth cover clean and bright. A little sunning to spine. Top edge gilt. Binding square, corners minimally bumped. Some foxing to first and final gatherings and to p.43. Otherwise internally clean. There is a stamp to the top right-hand corner of the title page that reads: “Review Copy With John Lane’s Compliments.” Overall condition very good.

Harriet Hosman was an American sculptor who studied in Rome under Welsh sculptor John Gibson from 1853 – 1860. Whilst in Rome she was associated with Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thorvaldsen, Thackeray, George Eliot and George Sand; and she was frequently the guest of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. Henry James unflatteringly referred to the group of female artists she associated with in Rome as “The White Marmorean Flock”, borrowing a term from Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Marble Faun. Hosmer was a popular sculptor of her day, working in large and small scale and producing some works in multiple copies to meet demand. Among her most popular were ‘Beatrice Cenci’, which exists in several versions.

This collection of letters is edited by Cornelia Carr, a long-time friend of Harriet Hosmer, and was published four years after her death. It contains much of Harriet’s correspondence with the Brownings.

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