‘We mustn’t leave the great Elizabeth alone in such a state’

  • Elizabeth Kinney


I had a singular escapade with the Brownings during a visit at Florence of Hattie Hosmer, the American sculptress living in Rome.1 She is well-known as something of a tom-boy, — is fond of boyish scrapes, and of getting her friends into them. One day when we met her at Casa Guidi Mr Browning spoke of some fine old pictures he had seen in … Florence, adding how sorry he was that we and his wife could not see them, as no woman was ever admitted within the gates. Hattie Hosmer jumped up and exclaimed, ‘But we will see these pictures!’


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