MARIA LOUISA LANDER #100travelHERS
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Born: 1826; Salem, Massachusetts
Death: 1923; Washington, D.C.
Notable journeys: In 1855, sailed for Rome with her father and became an apprentice to a successful male American artist. Opened her own studio in Italy in 1857. A gossip campaign by rivals forced her to flee to Russia in 1859 before returning to the States.
Notable works: Carved several women from American literature and folklore, including a controversial sculpture of Virginia Dare, now in the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina. Other works included sculptures of Galatea; Evangeline; and Elizabeth, exile of Siberia.
Quote: "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne on visiting Lander’s studio in February 1858: "Miss Lander has become strongly attached to Rome, and says that, when she dreams of home, it is merely of paying a short visit, and coming back before her trunk is unpacked.”)