Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl Of Pompeii
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1922.136
People
Randolph Rogers, American (Waterloo, NY 1825 - 1892 Rome, Italy)
Title
Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii
Other Titles
Former Title: Nydia
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
1859
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Marble
Technique
Carved
Dimensions
91.4 x 61 x 48.3 cm (36 x 24 x 19 in.)
290 lb.
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: on basket: Randolph Rogers/Rome 1859
Provenance
Harry Sachs; his gift to Fogg Art Museum, 1922.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Harry Sachs
Accession Year
1922
Object Number
1922.136
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
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.
Publication History

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

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

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

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.

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

Exhibition History

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Sublimations: Art and Sensuality in the 19th Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/13/1996 - 07/21/2002

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted