Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

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American (Waterloo, NY 1825 - 1892 Rome, Italy)
Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, 1859
Former Title: Nydia
19th century
Creation Place: United States
91.4 x 61 x 48.3 cm (36 x 24 x 19 in.)
290 lb.
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Harry Sachs
, 1922.136
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
Nydia, the blind flower girl of Pompeii, is based on a character in Bulwer-Lytton's popular novel The Last Days of Pompeii. According to H. Wade White (see bibliography), our version is one of the reduced replicas.
signed: on basket: Randolph Rogers/Rome 1859
Harry Sachs; his gift to Fogg Art Museum, 1922.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Last Days of Pompeii, Dodd, Mead and Co. (New York, NY, 1946), p.

Margaret Farrand Thorp, The Literary Sculptors, Duke University Press (Durham, NC, 1965), ill. p. 175, frontispiece

Wayne Craven, Sculpture in America, Thomas Y. Crowell Company (New York, NY, 1968), p. 314

H. Wade White, "Nineteenth Century American Sculpture at Harvard, a Glance at the Collection", Harvard Library Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, October 1970), vol. XVIII, no. 4, pp. 359-366

John K. Howat and John Wilmerding, 19th Century America: Paintings and Sculpture, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1970), p. 114

Russell Lynes, The Art-Makers of Nineteenth-Century America, Atheneum (New York, NY, 1970), p. 147, ill. p. 148

Millard F. Rogers, Jr., Randolph Rogers: American Sculptor in Rome, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA, 1971), p.

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 68, ill.

Exhibition History
American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972, 68
Sublimations: Art and Sensuality in the 19th Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/13/1996 - 07/21/2002