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us: Lewis, Edmonia



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    • us: Lewis, Mary Edmonia
    • us: Wildfire
    • us: Ish-scoodah
    • us: Fire Flower
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    • found: Edmonia Lewis and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, c1995: p. 2 (sculptor, Edmonia Lewis (c. 1844-c. 1909); Mary Edmonia Lewis)
    • found: Niatum, Duane. A blackbird in the White Marmorean flock, [between 2005 and 2007]: leaf 1 (Mary Edmonia Lewis; 1845?-1911?; first documented American woman sculptor of African-Indian descent) leaf 4 (Wildfire; documented, mixed Ojibwa Indian and African-American descent) leaf 7 (Ish-scoodah; Fire Flower--Ojibwa word for the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis))
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed February 19, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Lewis, Edmonia; sculptor; born 04 July 1845 in Greenwich, New York, United States; entered the ladies' preparatory program at Oberlin College (1859); moved to Boston with the intention of becoming an artist (1863); sailed for Florence, Italy (1865); established herself as a neoclassical sculptor; her studio was listed in all the fashionable guidebooks, was a frequent stop for American tourists (1860s and 1870s); produced “conceits” of which three survive: Poor Cupid (1873, National Museum of American Art [NMAA]), Asleep (1871), and Awake (1872), both in the San Jose Public Library; made several versions of the biblical figure Hagar, only one of which survives, Hagar (1868, NMAA); reached the pinnacle of her career at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition with the exhibition of Death of Cleopatra (1876); died c.1911, place unknown)
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