Harriet Hosmer

thomas_hart_bentonHarriet Hosmer was born in Watertown, Mass. in 1830. Denied entrance to medical colleges on the East Coast, she visited friends in St. Louis and took anatomy classes at Missouri Medical College. Hosmer then traveled to Rome, where she studied sculpture and soon set up a studio of her own. Her work, mainly executed in marble, became very popular with European royalty and American visitors to Rome like Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hosmer’s twice-lifesize bronze monument of Thomas Hart Benton (left) was unveiled in St. Louis in 1868. At the peak of her career, Hosmer employed more than 20 (male) artisans in her Rome studio, and had to defend her reputation from claims that these artisans were the real creators of her work.

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One response to “Harriet Hosmer

  1. I have to confess my previously total ignorance of all four of the sculptors about whom you’re posted, no doubt partly the result of latent sexism and partly due to the fact that I really don’t know anything about sculpture after Michelangelo and before the moderns. Thank you for chipping away it, so to speak, and please keep this series going!

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