William Henry Rinehart, an American sculptor with a studio in Rome modeled the first statue of Sleeping Children in 1859. He was one of a group of Americans studying sculpture in Italy. This statue, one of his most successful works, eventually brought Rinehart over 20 commissions.


Adelicia Acklen ordered her statue on February 27, 1866 while visiting Rinehart's studio. Twin sisters, Laura and Corinne Acklen died in 1855 of Scarlet Fever at the age of 2 1/2. Their death no doubt inspired Adelicia's interest in this statue. Upon delivery to Nashville in 1867 the statue was placed in Belmont's entry hall where it remains today.


Polyresin replica sculpture

Dimensions: 3.25"h x 7"w x 3.5"d


$49.95 (includes shipping and handling)


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Sleeping Children Statue

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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