Clara Erskine Clement

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Clara Erskine Clement
Born 28 August 1834 Edit this on Wikidata
Died 29 February 1916 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 81)
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 an American author and traveler.

Early life[edit]

On August 28, 1834, Clement was born as Clara Erskine in St. Louis, Missouri. Clement's father was John Erskine, a businessman. Clement's mother was Harriet Bethiah (Godfrey) Erskine. She was educated at home by private tutors.


Clement's writing career in 1869 with Simple Story of the Orient.

Personal life[edit]

In 1852, Clement married James Hazen Clement, a businessman. They moved to Newton, Massachusetts. After the death of her first husband, in 1882 Clement married Edwin Forbes Waters, author and owner of the Boston Daily Advertiser. They resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1]

Clement made extensive tours in Europe, visited Palestine and Turkey in 1868, and traveled round the world in 1883/4.[1] Her travels continued later in life.

Selected works[edit]

  • 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. [1]



  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Clement, Clara Erskine". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.


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