Thomas Waldo Story

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Central figures in the Fountain of Love, Cliveden, sculpted by Story

Thomas Waldo Story (1855–1915) was an English/American sculptor, art critic, poet and literary editor. He was born in Rome in 1855 to William Wetmore Story,[1] son of early Supreme Court justice Joseph Story. His father was a sculptor, art critic, poet and literary editor. He was raised and educated in England.

Mrs. Waldo Story, John Singer Sargent, 1883

In 1883 Thomas Waldo Story married Ada Maud Broadwood (1856-?) the eldest child of Thomas Capel Broadwood and Mary Davidson Hennin.[2] He married Bessie Pickens Abott in 1912.[3] He died at his home in New York City in 1915.[4]

Story's school years were spent in England, where he attended Eton and Christ Church. But he later moved to Rome and spent most of his life there. Story earned significant fame in Britain. He was most known for his sculpture Fountain of Love, which stands in Cliveden, Buckinghamshire.[5]



  1. ^ Levy, Florence Nightingale (1917). American Art Annual, Volume 13. MacMillan Company. p. 319. 
  2. ^ Ada Broadwood's paternal grandparents were James Shudi Broadwood and Margaret Schaw Stewart, her maternal grandparents were Alfred Hennin, an American lawyer and jurist in New Orleans, and Ann Maria Davison. Ada Maud Broadwood's great grandfather was John Broadwood who founded the London firm of John Broadwood and Sons, maker of pianofortes, with Burkat Shudi.
  3. ^ "Bessie Abott Wed To T. Waldo Story. Famous American Opera Singer Married Sculptor Some Time Ago in Europe". New York Times. September 27, 1912. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  4. ^ "Sculptor Story". New York Times. October 25, 1915. Retrieved 2009-12-06. Thomas Waldo Story, sculptor of wide renown and husband of Bessie Abott, the American opera singer, who died Saturday morning at his home, No. 133 East Sixtieth street, New York, was 50 years old. He leaves his first wife and second wife and two daughters. 
  5. ^ "Thomas Waldo Story". Jan's & Company. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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