Harriet Hosmer (1830–1908) is widely considered to be the world’s first successful woman sculptor. Born in Watertown, Massachusetts, her three siblings as well as her mother all succumbed to tuberculosis. In a bid to preserve the health of his surviving daughter, her father encouraged an active lifestyle. She became highly skilled in rowing, skating and riding at a time when active pursuits were generally considered the reserve of men alone. She attended the progressive Mrs Charles Sedgwick’s School for Girls, where she was surrounded by many creative female role models.
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