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A Memorial of Friendship

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Only three inches tall and five inches wide, Wagner’s Libri Amicorum, or Memorials of Friendship, contains her watercolors and collages as well as writing and artwork by friends and family members, including her niece Felicia Hemans. During the early 19th century, the popular Hemans was Lord Byron’s main rival for the bestselling poet of her generation. In 1816, when she was 14, she published her first poetry collection and 900 subscribers bought the book; one of them was Percy Bysshe Shelley. Later, after her husband abandoned her, Hemans wrote to support her five sons.

In her aunt’s album, a 12-year-old Felicia Browne filled a page with intricate artwork and an affectionate inscription, while at a later date, she or someone else secured a bookplate for “Mrs. A. Hemans” on a page augmented by dried flowers and other decoration. The name Felicia Dorothea Browne appears on a few additional pages that feature charming collages.