"See no. I. Concerning this exquisite small statue, d.e.a. grant writes: the rare beauty and premature development of Italian girls, and the rapid decay and early loss of their charms is proverbial. Mr. Hart has made this peculiarity the subject of much reflection and frequent conversation. " One morning, in going to his studio, his attention was attracted by the marvelous beauty, statuesque pose and early maturity of a little girl - a mere child. In one hand she held a morning glory into which she was thoughtfully gazing, as if reading her destiny in the depth of its delicate petals. The other hand gracefully held a fold of her tunic containing numbers of these quickly perishing flowers. The very ideal of Italian womanhood seemed to stand before the poet-artist; - childhood - morning, its glory. He instantly determined to embody the idea in marble. He secured the child for his model, and her face, form, and expression, as he first saw her in the streets of Florence, became his beautiful ideal 'morning glory.'" [P. 94; see serial 03860465 for commentary on artist.] Higest, purest and most captivating type of the American woman. " With more genius than Canova, he is actually struggling along, while the great Italian had profitable commissions showered upon him. In a pecuniary sense, canova was fortunately situated by comparison with Mr. Hart, but it is not difficult to discover that in doing too much, he did nothing equal to the power within him, and to-day the rarest of his many works fails to rank with the antiques of the better order. Mr. Hart has been too much of a poet-artist to delve for money. Perfection and fame are the lights before his eyes, and although by comparison with other artists of merit he has apparently accomplished little, yet in this last work alone he has wrought poem that will live like the Iliad.'" [P. 93-94.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.