NPG Number
3165
Mkey
855
Sitter/Title
Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Robert Browning
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
HarrietGoodhueHosmer
Date made
1853
Medium
bronze cast of clasped hands
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
elizabeth barrett browning robert browning

855

3165

Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Robert Browning

by

Harriet Goodhue Hosmer

1853

bronze cast of clasped hands

© National Portrait Gallery, London

This sculpture is taken from a cast of the clasped hands of poets {Elizabeth Barrett Browning|mp00601} and {Robert Browning|mp00603}, who had eloped in 1846. Their portraits, by Michele Giordini are also on display this room. The couple lived chiefly in Italy. Elizabeth’s best known work includes the narrative poem, Aurora Leigh (1857) and Robert is considered one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century.