Archive:Anne Whitney (1821-1915)

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There is a drawing of her on-line.

From the New Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Release 6:

Anne Whitney, b. Watertown, Mass., Sept. 2, 1821, d. Jan. 23, 1915, was a leading New England sculptor whose works expressed her social concerns. She studied anatomy with William Rimmer in 1862. Her colossal Africa (1864, destroyed) embodied antislavery sentiments in an idealized neoclassical form. In her fine statuette of William Lloyd Garrison (1880; Smith College, Northampton, Mass.) the new French vitality replaced traditional smoothness. A marble version of her life-sized Harriet Martineau, an English economist and a leader of the international movement for women's rights, was presented (1885) to Wellesley College as an inspiration for young women.

Joan C. Siegfried

Craven, Wayne, Sculpture in America (1968)
Thorp, Margaret, The Literary Sculptors (1965)

Vassar College Art Gallery, The White Marmorean Flock, Nineteenth-Century American Women Neoclassical Sculptors (1972)

There is a section on her life and work in: Hirschler, Erica E., A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940 (Boston: MFA Publications, 2001).

Her ancestry: Anne8 WHITNEY (Nathaniel Ruggles7, Nathaniel Ruggles6, Simon5, Daniel4, Benjamin3, John2, John1).

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