Artist: William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874); American working in Rome

Year: 1866

Medium: Marble

Size: NA

Original Location: Front Hall

Adelicia Acklen ordered this piece in Rome on February 27, 1866 and instructed that the names “Laura & Corinne” be carved on one side, and “Twin Sisters” be carved on the other side. This was a type of memorial to two of her ten children. Laura and Corinne Acklen had died at the age of two of scarlet fever. Adelicia placed this piece in the Front Hall in the same location that it is today. William Rinehart, an American born sculptor, was part of a large expatriate art community working in Rome and Florence. The Sleeping Children was one of his most popular works for which he received over 20 commissions. Adelicia’s was the second commission of this work.


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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