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  • "Pair of Terriers", bronze sculpture | Edith Barretto Parsons
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"Pair of Terriers", bronze sculpture | Edith Barretto Parsons

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Each signed “E.B. Parsons”, cold-stamped “Gorham Co Founders OGBI” and “Gorham Co OGBH”; one inscribed “ELN to ATL - FEB 4TH 1948”
Item # 904PKK13Q 

A fine and rare pair of Edith Parsons’ bronze sculptures of “Terriers” from her rather rare series of bookends capturing this playful creature in a variety of activities, they were cast exclusively by the Gorham Co. foundry.  That these were cast together and intended as a pair is indicated by the consecutive initialing in the serial numbers.  Each is finished in a complex verdigris patination over a chemical brown and black ground patina.

Born in Houston, Texas in 1878, Edith Barretto Parsons was a pupil at the Art Students League of New York under Daniel Chester French, J. Twachtmann and George Grey Bernard.  She lived and worked in New York, where she died in 1956.  She was a member of the National Sculpture Society and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors.  Her work "Duck Girl" is held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She was commissioned for numerous important public works including a memorial fountain to John Galloway (Public Park, Memphis, TN), the pediment figures for the main entrance of the Liberal Arts Building of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis, MO 1904), a memorial monument (Cemetery, St. Paul, Minn) and a monument to "Soldiers of World War" (Summit, NJ).  Much of her work was cast by Gorham Founders in New York, including a series of several terriers and other dogs, The Baby Goat, Baby Pan, The Big Duck and others.

Literature & Further Reading:

  • Art Bronzes, Michael Forrest
  • E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. X, Gründ, 2006, p. 941
  • Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders 1800-1930, Vol. IV, Berman, p. 947 [several studies of dogs at play]
  • Contemporary American Sculpture, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1929, p. 247
  • Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, Opitz, p. 714-15
  • The Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze, Mackay, p. 288
  • Dictionary of American Sculptors, 18th Century to Present, 1984, Opitz, p. 306

Measurements: [terrier with head turned] 5” H x 7 7/8” W x 3 3/4” D; [dog looking forward] 6 5/8” H x 7 7/8” W x 3 3/4” D

Condition Report:
In fine condition with original patina; minor handling wear to relief. Old worn green baize on undersides.