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Daniel Chester French, 1874

“How convenient a refuge is Italian!”  So begins a letter dated January 11, 1883 from young sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931; perhaps best known for his statue of Lincoln) to his friend Elizabeth (“Beth”) Hoar (1854-1924).  Both the Hoar and French families lived in Concord and socialized regularly.  Beth’s brother Sherman (1860-1898) was a model for French’s statue of John Harvard in Harvard Yard.

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