Italian, ca. 1853

H. 58”

Original location:  East or West side of the center gazebo

Location of original: 

This statue may be a personification of Charity is one of the Three Blessed Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity.  The woman in this statue is holding a fish.  The fish is the most used symbol in early Christian art but it is most often associated with Christ.  Often Charity is portrayed in the act of feeding others or gathering food.  The fish here may refer to Christ feeding the five thousand.  This statue along with the statue of the Woman with Bird statue both flanked the center gazebo.   Adelicia in her will refers to the “mate of Innocence” which most likely is this statue.  If that is the case Adelicia had forgotten the name of the statue and we are still unsure today.


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk

Woman with Fish (or Charity)