By Nancy Whipple Grinnell
Maud Howe Elliott (1854–1948), the daughter of Julia Ward Howe, was once a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and a tireless supporter of the humanities, really in her followed urban of Newport, Rhode Island. An paintings historian and the writer of over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, together with numerous articles and brief tales, Elliott might be most sensible recognized for co-writing a biography of her mother—a significant determine within the political and cultural global of recent England, a woman’s suffrage chief, and a number one revolutionary political voice. Elliott sought to reinforce group and neighborhood existence through founding the artwork organization of Newport in 1912 (now the Newport artwork Museum), which she observed because the fruits of her life’s work.
Nancy Whipple Grinnell has written an informative and encouraging biography that may attract a vast neighborhood readership, ultimately securing Elliott’s position within the pantheon of yankee cultural benefactors.
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18 In Rome Maud found a cause célèbre: the grandeur, the pageantry, the arts, all such a contrast to the austerity, the seriousness of purpose that eclipsed her family life in Boston. Frank, or “Fritz,” Crawford, the same age as Maud, introduced her to Roman antiquity as well as the splendors of Christendom. Although Protestants at the time, Crawford and two of his sisters were later to convert to Catholicism, so overpowering was the ritual, the array of magnificence present in the Church. Crawford, brought up in Europe with a three-year stint at St.
At one party Maud was giving, the economizing sister, Flossy, told her that she could not have ice cream, it was too expensive; Chev came to the rescue by making homemade ice. ”18 In 1871 Maud’s desire for outside excitement was exacerbated by the exodus of her three sisters and brother from the household. On December 30, 1870, at home in a quiet ceremony Julia Romana married Michael Anagnos, who had returned with the family from their trip to Greece to become the doctor’s secretary and later the director of the Perkins Institution.
Among his accomplishments he helped to found the University of the City of New York, secured proper accommodations for the collections of the New York Historical Society, helped to found the Stuyvesant Institute, and was active in improving conditions for New York City’s poor. Ward was prescient in his appreciation of the young Thomas Cole, who was to become an iconic figure of the Hudson River School. ” Unfortunately The Voyage of Life was not yet completed at the time of Ward’s death in November 1839.