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Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830–1908)
1853, carved 1854
27 1/2 x 19 5/8 x 12 1/2 in. (69.9 x 49.8 x 31.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1973
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 758
In Greek mythology, Apollo’s first love was Daphne, a nymph who shunned marriage and vowed perpetual virginity. Fleeing the god, Daphne prayed for help and was transformed into a laurel tree just as he was about to overtake her. Rather than depicting the dramatic moment of escape, Hosmer modeled a serene image and symbolized Daphne’s metamorphosis by terminating the bust in laurel branches. The work is true to Hosmer’s Neoclassical training in Rome, where she was one of a number of active American women sculptors.
Signature: [back]: HARRIET HOSMER / -<>- / FELCIT ROMÆ
Mrs. Samuel Appleton, Boston; John Chatley Jr., West Chester, Pennsylvania; Clifford O. Devine, Old Mystic Book Store, Old Mystic, Connecticut, until 1973
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