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FOLEY, Margaret E., artist, born in New Hampshire; died in Menan, Austrian Tyrol, in 1877. She was entirely self-taught, and began her career in a humble way, carving small figures in wood, and modeling busts in chalk. Later she removed to Boston, where she suffered many privations, and earned a scanty support by carving portraits and ideal heads in cameo. At the end of seven years she went to Rome, where she spent the rest of her professional life, becoming the friend and associate of Harriet Hosmer, Gibson, Story, Mrs. Jameson, and William and Mary Howitt. In the summer of 1877, her health failing, she accompanied the Howitts to their home in Austrian Tyrol, where she died. Among her portrait busts are those of S. C. Hall, Charles Sumner, and Theodore Parker. The medallions of William and Mary Howitt, Longfellow, and William Cuilen Bryant, and her ideal statues of "Cleopatra," "Excelsior," and "Jeremiah," are the best specimens of her cameo work.
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