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Portrait Bust of Edward Everett Hale 1822 - 1909 1890s

Henry Hudson Kitson 

Portrait Bust of Edward Everett Hale 1822 - 1909, Henry Hudson Kitson
19th Century
19 1/2 inches high 49.5 cm
The distinguished Boston-born author and clergyman Edward Everett Hale, entered the Boston Latin-school at the age of nine before graduating from Harvard in 1839. In 1842 he was licensed to preach by the Boston association of Congregational ministers, after which he spent several years ministering to various congregations. After periods in Washington and Worcester, Mass, he settled back in Boston at the South Congregational (Unitarian) Church. His influence was particularly extensive in all philanthropic movements. His book Ten Times One is Ten (Boston, 1870) led to the establishment of charity-organisations, called Harry Wadsworth clubs throughout the United States and Europe.

He helped to found Worcester Public Library and was actively involved in the Chautauqua literary and scientific circles as one of the counselors. In 1886 he returned to journalism and began the publication of Lend a Hand; a Record of Progress and Journal of Organized Charity. Among the many books and short stories that he published were A Man without a Country, Philip Nolan's Friends, Franklin in France and The Life of Washington.

Henry Kitson, an English-born sculptor settled in America after studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Bonnaissieux. He won a number of prizes and awards including medals at the Paris Expositions of 1889 and 1900, and also at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago of 1893. His work is represented in numerous museums and galleries including the National Gallery of Washington (bronze bust of Viscount James Bryce), National Gallery of London and Boston Museum.
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