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Carrying the Torch

Maud Howe Elliott and the American Renaissance

Nancy Whipple Grinnell

Publication Year: 2013

Maud Howe Elliott (1854-1948), the daughter of Julia Ward Howe, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and a tireless supporter of the arts, particularly in her adopted city of Newport, Rhode Island. An art historian and the author of over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including countless articles and short stories, Elliott is perhaps best known for co-writing a biography of her mother--a major figure in the political and cultural world of New England, a woman's suffrage leader, and a leading progressive political voice. Elliott sought to enhance community and regional life by founding the Art Association of Newport in 1912 (now the Newport Art Museum), which she saw as the culmination of her life's work.

Nancy Whipple Grinnell has written an informative and inspiring biography that will appeal to a broad regional readership, finally securing Elliott's place in the pantheon of American cultural benefactors.

Published by: University Press of New England

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. 8-9

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pp. ix-xiv

...tiful yet formidable older woman that introduced me to Maud Howe Elliott, a historical figure at the Newport Art Museum where I arrived as curator in 1998. The portrait from 1928 shows her clad in black mourn-ing attire, adorned with various medals, while through a veil her clear, intelligent and lovely eyes meet the viewer head on. A Pulitzer prize-...

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pp. xv-xx

Elliott began at the Newport Art Museum, which is the institution that has allowed me to produce her story. My grateful thanks to Elizabeth A. Goddard, Executive Director, for her support and encouragement and to the Board of Trustees, who over the years have good-naturedly fostered my obsession with the founder of our institution. Making the book a pos-...

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pp. 1-14

Maud with her venturous climbings and tumbles and childish escapes,Maud with her sweet purse-mouth when my father dangled the grapes,Maud the beloved of my mother, the moon-faced darling of all, ? suggested the Greek name of Thyrza for the beautiful baby girl ? but according to older sister Florence Howe Hall, the ?good Anglo Saxon ...

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pp. 15-28

Thirteen years ago my dearest Maud was born in this very room . . . She was a beautiful child, but not a very happy one. I regard her with anxiety. Her passions being strong, her intellect one that resists training, I mean of the ordinary kind. God bless her and make her good and happy when I am gone.gracefully. As she entered her thirteenth year, she showed a characteristic ...

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pp. 29-41

My dearest Laura, . . . Have you been to Holland? Have you seen Paulus Potter?s bull? Rembrandt?s Night Watch? Gerrit Dou?s lovely pictures? Bewitching Frans Hals? Quaint Jan Steen, dreary Hobema ? and other of the delightful Dutch pictures? I forget whether you have or not, but you can imagine what a delight they were to us ? Full well til we came to Antwerp and then lost ...

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pp. 42-60

With journalism I have more natural sympathy. I like the excitement and stimulus of knowing that the printer?s devil is waiting for me. I have corresponded all summer with the New York Tribune, and have had opportunities of other journalistic engagements. But journalism is wearing to the nerves. I have already suffered for the efforts I have made in it, and though I feel the power in ...

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pp. 61-72

I could say to any young man or woman at the beginning of the career of an artist ? ?go to Paris to study your profession but come back to America to practice it.? The best work with few exceptions, done by American artists has been done in America: Copley, Stuart, Allston, Hunt, La Farge, to forgo the life of Proper Bostonian society, to put work above leisure, ...

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pp. 73-83

The greatest period of Greek art was in the time of Pericles . . . Under the reign of Pericles peace was restored to Athens . . . Mankind reached its greatest intellectual development. The race was in its prime, steeled to any task by its hardy, vigorous youth, strong in body and mind. in 1889 that the World?s Columbian Exposition would be held there. The ...

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pp. 84-101

...?The Nineties? have already taken on a romantic glow to all who remember them, and even to those who have only read about them. We were in America when the famous decade began, and it was then Jack had received the order for his magnum opus. The imagination of the cultured world had been Boston, where they inaugurated the new year with Julia. Maud?s loyalties ...

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pp. 102-114

I remember the early years of the new century as a time of inspiration: the spirit of hope was abroad, the whole world seemed to have received a new impulse; good resolutions blossomed into good works. Men felt their strength to be as the strength of ten, and women that the Boston Public Library in late 1900 and opened with a private reception on ...

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pp. 115-127

Of these home fires that must be kept burning lest another Dark Age settle upon the world, the one that is in the gravest danger of neglect is the sacred flame of art. In all times of depression the artists are the first people to suffer . . . As prices of food go higher, other men get an increase of wages, but the artist gets no wages at all, for as art is commonly looked upon as a luxury, it is the first ...

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pp. 128-142

...winter visit to St. Augustine, Florida, when Jack became seriously ill in Charleston, South Carolina. He had ?angina? followed by pneumonia and died there in May at the age of sixty-six. Maud had lost her brother Harry, sister Flossy, and niece Alice in 1922; Belle Gardner in 1924; and now came this devastating blow, necessitating a complete rethinking of ...


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pp. 143-162


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pp. 163-168


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pp. 169-180

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Image Plates

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pp. 202-225

...241 Beacon Street, Boston, reception room with portrait of Maud. Maud (with Miss Gilbert and Maxim Karolik) speaking on WpRO, Old Colony House, Newport, about the Art Association, 1947. Newport Art Museum ArchivesArt Association of Newport Council Members, c. 1928. Harrison Morris (far left), Maud in black. On the grounds of the John N.A. Griswold House, home of the Art ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781611684964
E-ISBN-10: 161168496X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781611684957

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013