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The Goddess-Like Hettie Anderson, a Forgotten African-American Muse Talk

October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

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South Carolina native Hettie Anderson emerged on the Manhattan cultural scene in the 1890s as an artists’ model, posing as formidable goddesses. She was immortalized on canvas and atop pedestals by John La Farge, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French and Evelyn Beatrice Longman. Independent scholar Eve M. Kahn — in collaboration with Anderson’s cousin, independent researcher Willow Hagans, and other scholars — has chronicled Anderson’s achievements and life story.

Kahn, the former Antiques columnist for The New York Times, will present The Goddess-Like Hettie Anderson, a Forgotten African-American Muse live at Rosecliff and via Zoom.
Attendance is free but registration is required. Register Here.

NOTE – Photo: Two works by Augustus Saint-Gaudens for which Hettie Anderson was the female model (shown) the William Tecumseh Sherman monument, Grand Army Plaza, Manhattan, 1902. Also, the “double eagle” $20 gold coin, 1907.


October 7, 2021
6:00 pm


Rosecliff at Newport Mansions
548 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
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