Letters from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer to Lydia Maria Child, 1855-1865
Letters from Harriet Hosmer, inventor and sculptor, to Lydia Maria Child discussing Hosmer's work.
- Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908 (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the letters created by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Collection contains four letters (one is a fragment) from Harriet Hosmer to abolitionist Lydia Maria Child and one transcription of a letter from Hosmer by Child, ca.1855-ca.1865. Letters describe Hosmer's work, particularly her design for the Lincoln Memorial in Springfield, Illinois, and her statue of Zenobia which critics attributed to John Gibson despite his denials. Hosmer asks for Child's support in refuting the charges.
Sculptor and inventor, Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908) was a native of Watertown, Massachusetts, studied anatomy, and spent much of her life in Rome, where she was at first the pupil of the English sculptor, John Gibson. Her works were exhibited and purchased in England and the United States. For further information, see Harriet Hosmer, Letters and Memories, edited by Cornelia Crow Carr(1912);Notable American Women (1971); and Hosmeriana: A Guide to Works by and about Harriet G. Hosmer, by Joseph L. Curran (1975).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2001-M69
The letters of Harriet Hosmer were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Priscilla Juvelis in May 2001.
Processed: May 2001
By: Anne Engelhart
Updated and additional description added: March 2023
By: Cat Lea Holbrook
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