How Did Women Sculptors Contribute to and Draw Support from the Antislavery and Woman's Rights Movements, 1855-1875?
This project examines the place of the abolitionist and woman's rights movements in shaping the lives and work of three American women sculptors in the mid-nineteenth century. Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908), Anne Whitney (1821-1915), and Edmonia Lewis (1843?-1911?) were drawn in particular to the figure of the enslaved woman as a way to convey their personal convictions through the artistic conventions of their day. Yet in various ways, the politics of gender and race constrained what the artists were able to accomplish.