William Wetmore Story

William Wetmore Story
Birth and death
1819 - 1895
Profession details
Artist, Critic, Poet and Editor
Related place
Alistair Grant

William Wetmore Story (1819 - 1895) American sculptor, art critic, poet, and editor. Abandoning law, he devoted himself to sculpture, and after 1850 lived in Rome, where he was intimate with the Brownings. Story's apartment, in Palazzo Barberini, became a cultural hub for Americans in Rome. During the American Civil War his letters to the Daily News (afterwards published as The American Question) and his articles in Blackwood's, had considerable influence on English opinion. He visited his friend Russell Sturgis at Mount Felix annually in the late 1850 and early 1860s, and they stayed with him in Italy. The Sturgis family bought three of his sculptures 'Marquerite' (1852), 'Bacchus' (1863), and 'Venus Anadyomede' (1864); Julia Sturgis donated the latter two to Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1888.

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