Person NameDamer; Mrs; Hon Anne Seymour (1749-1828); sculptress
ForenamesHon Anne Seymour
ActivityAnne Seymour Conway was born in 1749, the daughter of Field Marshall Henry Seymour Conway and his wife Lady Caroline Campbell, daughter of the 4th Duke of Argyll. As a child she was known to literary circles of the time, including Horace Walpole and David Hume. Hume is said to have challenged her to sculpt, for which she showed an early propensity. She studied sculpture and anatomy, but married John Damer, eldest son of Joseph Damer, Lord Milton (later the Earl of Dorchester) in 1767. Damer contracted substantial debts and shot himself in 1776. She was left with a small allowance and concentrated on sculpture: her work was much admired. She followed Whig politics and was well acquainted with the Whig political grandees of the time, including Charles James Fox and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. After Walpole’s death in 1797 she inherited a further allowance and the use of Strawberry Hill, where she lived until 1811, and entertained both the political and the ‘blue-stocking’ set. She bought York House, Twickenham, in 1818, continued sculpting there, and died in London in 1828.
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