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Edith Barretto Parsons (American, 1878-1956)

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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.

Further Reading and Notes:

  • 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