The New Student's Reference Work/Story, William Wetmore

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Story, William Wetmore, American sculptor and poet, was born at Salem, Mass., Feb. 19, 1819, son of Joseph Story, and after graduating at Harvard studied law and was admitted to the bar. Among his works as a lawyer are Reports of Cases, Treatise on the Law of Contracts, The Law of Sale of Personal Property with The Life of Story. In 1848 he abandoned law for sculpture, and NSRW William W Story.jpg
to assist him in his study of fine models he removed to Rome, Italy, where he afterwards chiefly resided, until his death at Vallombrosa on Oct. 7, 1895. His allegorical statues of Cleopatra, Medea, The African Sibyl and Semiramis; statues of George Peabody, Edward Everett and Francis Scott Key; and busts of Lowell, Bryant, Theodore Parker, Josiah Quincy and his father represent the bulk of his achievement in art. In literature he published poems, essays and rambles in Italy. The chief of these works which show his culture and sympathies are Roba di Roma, Conversations in a Studio, The Castle of St. Angelo and the Evil Eye, Poems, Excursions in Art and Letters and A Poet's Portfolio. He died in 1895.