This exhibit explores Cushman's private relationships as well as her (intersecting) wider social circles and networks through which she actively shaped her public image.
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- the people among Cushman's circle of friends, lovers, acquaintances and admireres, such as
- "major figures" in Cushmania, that is Cushman's "inner circle" of family, friends, and lovers. In this gallery page, you will be introduced to Cushman's most frequent correspondents (such as Emma Crow Cushman) as well as people most frequently mentioned in her letters (e. g. Emma Stebbins or Ned Cushman)
- James T. and Annie Fields, whose correspondence with Cushman reveals her as a seasoned professional in terms of managing her reputation as well as a private person navigating the open secret of her relationship with Emma Stebbins
- the Brownings and Isa Blagden, who wrote as frequently about Cushman as they wrote to Cushman
- Cushman's reliance on and writing of letters of introduction, which were a major aspect on nineteenth-century professional and personal networks.
- her homes in Rome and Newport, in which she entertained her frequent visitors.