Title: Portrait of a Woman
Date: 1873
Artist: Edmonia Lewis
American, 1844–1907
Medium: marble
without base: 23 x 16 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (58.4 x 41.9 x 28.6 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Minority Artists Purchase Fund and partial gift of Thurlow E. Tibbs Jr.
Object Number: 1:1997
Current Location: On View, Gallery 336
Soft facial features, a delicately carved lace bodice, and wavy hair adorned with a flower communicate not only the taste and beauty of the unknown sitter, but also Edmonia Lewis’s skill as a sculptor. Lewis’s successful early career helped her finance a move to Rome in 1867, where she lived among fellow American women sculptors, including Harriet Hosmer. There, Lewis was the first American of color to gain international fame as a sculptor, and she completed many portrait commissions for visiting tourists and patrons in the United States.
Signed: on back of bust: E. Lewis Roma/ 1873
Exhibition History
Title: People at the Art Museum
Date: July 7- September 9, 2001
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publication History
Title: Discovering African American Art
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Author: Andrew Walker
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: A New View: American Highlights
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
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