HOSMER, Harriet. 19541



A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed, to “My very kind Friend” [Tom Taylor, editor of Punch, thanking him for “the beautiful words you have written about my Pompeian Sentinel”, explaining “the tension of his muscles” and much else, delighted by the publicity afforded by the Punch article, adding her promise to show the statue in America. 8 pp. 7 x 4 inches, fine. Alfred House, Princes Gate,12 August [1878]. “He knows that all is over and his eyes are closed on this world, but the inner man’s stern devotion to the duties of his post requires a physical effort to aid him and this is shown by the tension of his muscles.” Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908), American sculptor, studied under John Gibson in Rome 1852-59. Her best known work, a statue of Zenobia, was shown in London in 1862.