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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

Copyright © 2007

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey


The portrait given in this volume was supplied by Mr. C. E. Godspeed, of 5a, Park Street, Boston, Mass., U.S.A., on the recommendation of Mr. W. C. Lane, the Librarian of Harvard University.


WILLIAM WETMORE STORY who wrote the life of his father the eminent Judge Story in 1851, was born at Salem, 12th February, 1819. He graduated at Harvard in 1838, studied law under his father and was in due course admitted to the bar. About 1848 he had quite a bias towards poetry and art, a bias checked in the father after a luckless venture - says the biography of the Judge. The result was that William Wetmore Story went to Italy, studied the old masters, and became a sculptor. He also held the honorary degrees of doctor of both Oxford and Bologna. In 1847 he published some poems. He likewise published poems in 1856 and in 1886, His "Roba di Roma" (1862); "Tragedy of Nero" (1875); "Castle of St. Angelo" (1877); "He and She" (1883); "Fiammetta" (1885), and his "Excursions in Art and Letters" (1891), are among his chief productions. As a sculptor his Cleopatra is perhaps his best work.

See "Chambers Encyclopædia," Vol. IX. Also N and Q. Vol. II, p. 499, July and December, 1868. The "Encyclopædia Brittannica" says that William Wetmore Story died Oct. 7th, 1895. "Reminiscences of W. W. Story by Mary E. Philips."


In the spring of 1911 I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. George Adolphus Storey, the well-known artist, at his beautiful home known as Hougoumont, in Hampstead, N.W. We had had some correspondence which led to the interview, and now, as a result, a few observations relating to Mr. Storey's career are here given. The artist was born in London on Tuesday, the 7th January, 1834. He is probably a descendant, so far as can be ascertained, of the Storeys from whom Storeysgate takes its name. Quite early in life he showed a decided fondness and talent for art, and at the age of nine entered Belme's studio, where one of his first exercises consisted of modelling on a horse's head and foot. Perhaps this was a very beneficial task, for there is much skill necessary in modelling such portions of equine anatomy as these. He was subsequently sent to Morden Hall School, where four years later he won a silver palette for the best picture in oil. From fourteen to sixteen, 1848-50, he was in Paris, residing at the house of a noted mathematician, Professor M. Moraud, of the Athenee Royale. While here he had the good fortune to be favoured with the invaluable aid and advice of M. Jean Louis Dulong, and hereafter developed that sensitive grace and delicacy which mark his productions. In 1850 he returned to his native country, and for a short period was employed in an architect's office. He soon found a more congenial environment in Mr. Leigh's School of Art, in Newman Street. Here he met as fellow students those who were to be his life-long friends. "And so it came to pass,"