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Anne Seymour Damer
(1748 - May 28, 1828) U.K.

Ann Damer

Sculptor and amateur actor

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Born at Sundridge, Kent, she was the daughter of Field Marshal the Hon. Henry Seymour-Conway and spent her youth in the care of her cousin Horace Walpole, who grossly over-praised her work as an artist; from him she inherited Strawberry Hill, Middx, in 1797.

In 1767 she married the Hon. John Damer and turned to sculpture after his suicide in 1776. She began as a modeller in wax in the manner of Isaac Gosset and was later taught by Giuseppe Ceracchi, for whose Muse of Sculpture (London, BM) she sat, and John Bacon.

Between 1785 and 1811 she was an honorary exhibitor at the Royal Academy, London. Her best-known works are the heads of the river gods Isis and Thame for the bridge at Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, but she also produced an over life-size marble statue of George III in Edinburgh, and numerous classicizing portrait busts, including those of Caroline, Princess of Wales (terracotta, London, Ranger’s House) and Horatio, Lord Nelson (bronze, Windsor Castle, Berks, Royal Col.).

Ann Damer
Anne Damer & Mary Berry

Anne Damer is considered by some to be the most famous lesbian of the late 1700's; her lover was Horace Walpole's literary executor, Mary Berry, with whom Damer lived in the Gothic house Strawberry Hill. She died in London.

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