HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMERThe Sleeping Faun
- Harriet Goodhue Hosmer
- The Sleeping Faun
- signed: H. HOSMER ROME and entitled: THE SLEEPING FAUN
- white marble, on a mottled white marble base
- 79 by 105cm., 31 1/8 by 41 3/8 in. overall
Harriet Hosmer was a remarkable sculptor and woman who defied the 19th-century notions of femininity. She led what was considered at the time to be a bohemian lifestyle. Born in Watertown, Massachusetts, Hosmer knew at the age of 19 that she wanted to be a sculptor. Early on she flouted convention and went to St. Louis to study anatomy at the all-male Washington University Medical School. In 1852 she departed for Rome to study with John Gibson. In Rome she developed close friendships within the Anglo-American community including the Brownings and Nathaniel Hawthorn.
K. Greenthal, P. M. Kozol, J. Seidler Ramirez, American Figurative Sculpture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, 1986, pp. 163-167, no. 52