Harriet Goodhue “Hattie” Hosmer

Harriet Goodhue “Hattie” Hosmer

Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 21 Feb 1908 (aged 77)
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 508 · View Source
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Sculptor. Born in Watertown, Massachusetts. Harriet was raised as a boy after the death of her brother from tuberculosis. Harriet early in her life showed marked aptitude for modelling, and studied anatomy with her father, a physician, and afterwards studied at the St. Louis Medical College. She then studied in Boston until 1852, when, with her friend Charlotte Cushman, she went to Rome, where from 1853 to 1860 she was the pupil of the English sculptor John Gibson. She lived in Rome until a few years before her death. Among her works are "Daphne" and "Medusa", ideal heads in 1853; "Puck" in 1855, a spirited and graceful conception which she copied for the prince of Wales, the duke of Hamilton and others; "Oenone" in 1855, her first life sized figure, now in the St. Louis Museum of Fine Arts; "Beatrice Cenci" in 1857, for the Mercantile Library of St. Louis; "Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, in Chains" in 1859, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; "A Sleeping Faun" in 1867; "A Waking Faun"; a bronze statue of Thomas Hart Benton in 1868 for Lafayette Park, St. Louis; bronze gates for the earl of Brownlow's art gallery at Ashridge Hall; a Siren fountain for Lady Marian Alford; a fountain for Central Park, New York City; a monument to Abraham Lincoln; and, for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893, statues of the queen of Naples as the "heroine of Gaëta", and of Queen Isabella of Spain. Harriett never married, she died in her hometown at the age of 77.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harriet Goodhue “Hattie” Hosmer (9 Oct 1830–21 Feb 1908), Find a Grave Memorial no. 508, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .