Brackett’s Bust of John Brown

March 2, 1860

Lydia Maria Child writes glowingly of a bust of John Brown.  “Walking up Washington Street, one may see plenty of rich jewelry sparkling in the windows, graceful statuettes, and vases moulded into every form of beauty.  But the gem of gems, the thing most worth seeing in all the city, is in an artist’s studio, up two flights of stairs, No. 24 Tremont-row…..This remarkable bust is ordered in marble.  There are also many orders for copies in plaster.  Admirable photographs of it are for sale; but, of course, the best of photographs can never do entire justice to statues.”