Clara Erskine Clement

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From "A History of Art for Beginners and Students: Vol. 3, Architecture" (1891) by Clara Erskine Clement

Clara Erskine Clement Waters (28 August 1834 in St. Louis, Missouri – February 29, 1916 in Brookline, Massachusetts) was a United States author and traveler.


She was the daughter of John and Harriet Bethiah (Godfrey) Erskine. Her father was a businessman. She was educated at home by private tutors. In 1852, she married James Hazen Clement, a businessman. They moved to Newton, Massachusetts. After the death of her first husband, in 1882 she married Edwin Forbes Waters, author and owner of the Boston Daily Advertiser. They resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She made extensive tours in Europe, visited Palestine and Turkey in 1868, and traveled round the world in 1883/4. Her travels continued later in life.


  • Simple Story of the Orient, her first work, printed privately (1869)
  • Handbook of Legendary and Mythological Art (Boston, 1871)
  • Painters, Sculptors, Architects, Engravers, and their Works (1874; 9th ed., 1892)
  • Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works, with Laurence Hutton (1879)
  • Eleanor Maitland, a novel (1881)
  • Life of Charlotte Cushman (1882)
  • History of Egypt
  • Hand-Books of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (3 vols., 1883–86)
  • Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints (1886)
  • Stories of Art and Artists (1886)
  • "The Queen of the Adriatic or Venice, Mediaeval and Modern" (1893)
  • Women Artists in Europe and America (1903)
  • Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. (1904)
  • Women in the Fine Arts (1906)

She also translated a volume of Kenan's lectures and Dosia's Daughter, a novel by Henri Gréville, and edited a translation of Carl von Lützow's Treasures of Italian Art.




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