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Edmund William Gosse, 1849-1917

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1849.05.03
Place of Birth: London
Date of Death: 1928.05.16
Place of Death: London


Sir Edmund William Gosse was an English writer and art critic.


Between 1879 and 1895 Gosse contributed articles on art to such journals as the Saturday Review, Cornhill Magazine, Magazine of Art and Pall Mall Gazette. He was particularly interested in the New Sculpture Movement, a term which he coined in 1894, and was friends with one of its chief exponents Hamo Thornycroft. He was known for his reviews of the summer exhibitions at the R. A. as well as his articles on individual sculptors.

Gosse's daughter Sylvia Gosse (1881-1965) was a painter and etcher who studied under Whistler's pupil Walter Sickert. Gosse was introduced to Whistler by William Michael Rossetti in 1874.


Gosse, E. W., 'Living English Sculptors', Century Illustrated, n.s., vol. 26, 1883, pp. 162-85; Gosse, E. W., 'Living English Sculptors', Century Illustrated, n.s., vol. 26, 1886, pp. 39-50; Gosse, E. W., 'The New Sculpture 1879-84', Art Journal, 1894, pp. 138-42, 199-203, 277-82, 306-11; Gosse, E. W., Father and Son, London, 1907; Thwaite, A., Edmund Gosse: A Literary Landscape, 1849-1928, London, 1984; Stocker, Mark, 'Sir Edmund William Gosse', The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy, (accessed 21 March 2002).