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Harriet Hosmer (1830–1908) was celebrated as one of the country's most respected artists, credited with opening the field of sculpture to women and cited as a model of female ability and American refinement. In this biographical study, Kate Culkin explores Hosmer's life and work and places her in the context of a notable group of expatriate writers and artists who gathered in Rome in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1852 Hosmer moved from Boston to Rome, where she shared a house with actress Charlotte Cushman and soon formed close friendships with such prominent expatriates as Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and fellow sculptors John Gibson, Emma Stebbins, and William Wetmore Story. References to Hosmer or characters inspired by her appear in the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and Kate Field among others. Culkin argues that Hosmer's success was made possible by her extensive network of supporters, including her famous friends, boosters of American gentility, and women's rights advocates. This unlikely coalition, along with her talent, ambition, and careful maintenance of her public profile, ultimately brought her great acclaim. Culkin also addresses Hosmer's critique of women's position in nineteenth-century culture through her sculpture, women's rights advocates' use of high art to promote their cause, the role Hosmer's relationships with women played in her life and success, and the complex position a female artist occupied within a country increasingly interested in proving its gentility.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction: A Woman of Her Time
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  1. Chapter One: “She Will Do Much for the Cause of Womanhood”
  2. pp. 6-27
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  1. Chapter Two: “The Conception of the Statue Is Masterly”
  2. pp. 28-54
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  1. Chapter Three: “Her Whole Soul Was Filled with Zenobia”
  2. pp. 55-82
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  1. Chapter Four: “It Will Be a Manly Work”
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. Chapter Five: “Female Sculptors Have Ceased to Be a Novelty”
  2. pp. 95-110
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  1. Chapter Six: “Something Has Come into Our Love”
  2. pp. 111-135
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  1. Chapter Seven: “The Isabella Road Has Been the Longest”
  2. pp. 136-159
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  1. Chapter Eight: “One of the ‘Old Guard’ of Feminine Progress”
  2. pp. 160-168
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613760154
Related ISBN
9781558498389
MARC Record
OCLC
794700490
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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