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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston opened its new Art of the Americas wing last week.  Which is good news for any fan of Harriet Hosmer, because Hosmer’s Sleeping Faun is now once again on display, in the Penny and Jeff Vinik Gallery.  It was donated to the museum by Cornelia Crow Carr, Hosmer’s life-long friend, in 1912.  You can see an interview, and some good footage of the collections, with the museum’s director here.  I can’t wait to visit.

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As all eyes turn to England and questions of who will design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress fill the airwaves, I am reminded of Harriet Hosmer’s encounters with a member of the English royalty. In 1859, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) visited Hosmer’s studio and saw her at work on Zenobia, one of her most famous works. Harper’s Weekly published a cartoon of the encounter, depicting Hosmer’s mentor John Gibson discussing the work with the prince. Hosmer encountered the prince again at a ball in his honor in Boston in 1860, when he told the artist he kept his copy of her work Puck in his rooms at Oxford.

Harper's Weekly, May 1859

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Harriet Hosmer was from Watertown Massachusetts.  The wonderful public library there has some of her papers, as well as several of her works and her sculpting tools.  Below is a gallery of some pictures I took while visiting last fall.  (In a strange twist, my Aunt Betsy worked at this library in the 1970s.)

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