Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828) Sculptor & Author | Regency History

How uplifting to discover a female artist from history about whom I knew nothing. Thank you, Regency History.

Anne Seymour Damer after Angelica Kauffman (c1800)
Anne Seymour Damer
after Angelica Kauffman (c1800)


Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828) was an English sculptor and author. She was a cousin of Horace Walpole and in his will, he left her a life interest in his Twickenham home, Strawberry Hill.

Family background

Anne Seymour Conway was born on 8 November 1749 in Sevenoaks, Kent. She was the only child of Henry Seymour Conway, a Field Marshal in the British army and Whig MP, and his wife Caroline, daughter of John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll, and widow of the 3rd Earl of Ailesbury.

Anne lived with her family at Park Place, Remenham, near Henley-on-Thames. Her father’s secretary, David Hume, encouraged her to develop her skills in sculpture.

An unhappy marriage

On 14 June 1767, Anne married the Honourable John Damer, but the marriage was not happy. They separated after seven years and on 15 August 1776, Anne’s husband committed suicide, leaving huge…

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10 thoughts on “Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828) Sculptor & Author | Regency History

  1. Yes, a delight to read about her – one of so many neglected female artists. I only made her acquaintance recently when I was researching Sarah Siddons’ letters & sculpture – Anne Damer taught her sculpture and was one of her closest friends. Thank you for a lovely reblog to lighten a grim English winter’s day…

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  2. Love this Sarah – very fascinating. Do you notice how delicate and soft her painting is? The woman is painted w/o the harsh lines and dark hues, but rather very feminine from a females view – going out to see more of Anne’s work. Thanks, this was so interesting.

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