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Edmonia Lewis (1844–1907)

American sculptor Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1844
Edmonia-lewis 02 - An old photo of a woman sitting in a chair
Admonia Lewis was the first sculptor of African American and Native American (Mississauga) descent to achieve international recognition. Her father was Black, and her mother was Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indian.

Orphaned at an early age, Lewis grew up in her mother’s tribe where her life revolved around fishing, swimming, and making and selling crafts. In 1859 she attended Oberlin College in Ohio, one of the first schools to accept female and Black students. She developed an interest in the fine arts, but an accusation of poisoning, probably racially motivated, forced Lewis to leave the school before graduating.

She traveled to Boston and established herself as a professional artist, studying with a local sculptor and creating portraits of famous antislavery heroes. Moving to Rome in 1865, she became involved with a group of American women sculptors and began to work in marble.

Sculptors usually hired local workmen to carve their final pieces, but Lewis did all her own stonework out of fear that if she didn’t, her work would not be accepted as original. In addition to creating portrait heads, Lewis sculpted biblical scenes and figural works dealing with her Native American heritage and the oppression of Black people.
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E. Lewis. Sculptor - Public domain portrait print

E. Lewis. Sculptor - Public domain portrait print

Public domain portrait photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Photo of Hiawatha, 19th century - Public domain dedication

Photo of Hiawatha, 19th century - Public domain dedication

Public domain photo of antique sculpture, 3d object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Bust of Dr. Dio Lewis by Edmonia Lewis (1868)

Bust of Dr. Dio Lewis by Edmonia Lewis (1868)

Bust of Dr. Dio Lewis by Edmonia Lewis (1868), The Walters Art Museum

Forever Free by Edmonia Lewis (1867)

Forever Free by Edmonia Lewis (1867)

Forever Free by Edmonia Lewis (1867), Howard University Art Gallery

Photo of Minnehaha, 19th century - Public domain dedication

Photo of Minnehaha, 19th century - Public domain dedication

Public domain photo of antique sculpture, 3d object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Sculpture indian combat building. A statue of a man and a woman holding a baby

Sculpture indian combat building. A statue of a man and a woman holdin...

Architecture stock photograph: The art of sculpture - - / A statue of a man and a woman holding a baby.

Motto edmonia lewis original - Public domain portrait photograph

Motto edmonia lewis original - Public domain portrait photograph

Edmonia Lewis, Albumen print, c.1870, The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites and sa... More

Smithsonian-Lewis-Old Arrowmaker-2070

Smithsonian-Lewis-Old Arrowmaker-2070

Old Arrow Maker Public domain photograph of sculpture, statue, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Clevelandart 2011.110 - A statue of a man carrying a woman on his back

Clevelandart 2011.110 - A statue of a man carrying a woman on his back

Public domain photo of antique sculpture, 16th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

The Death of Cleopatra - A statue of a woman sitting on a throne

The Death of Cleopatra - A statue of a woman sitting on a throne

Picryl description: Public domain photo of antique sculpture, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Old Arrowmaker - Edmonia Lewis - saam 1983.95.182 (cropped)

Old Arrowmaker - Edmonia Lewis - saam 1983.95.182 (cropped)

Picryl description: Public domain photo of antique sculpture, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

SAAM-1983.95.180 2 - Egypt

SAAM-1983.95.180 2 - Egypt

sculpture by Edmonia Lewis Public domain photograph - bust portrait sculpture, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Smithsonian-Lewis-Old Arrowmaker-2071

Smithsonian-Lewis-Old Arrowmaker-2071

Old Arrow Maker Public domain photograph of sculpture, statue, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Edmonia-lewis 02 - An old photo of a woman sitting in a chair

Edmonia-lewis 02 - An old photo of a woman sitting in a chair

Edmonia Lewis carte de visite photograph Public domain photograph - 19th-century studio portrait photo, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hiawatha's Marriage by Edmonia Lewis (1871)

Hiawatha's Marriage by Edmonia Lewis (1871)

Hiawatha's Marriage by Edmonia Lewis (1871), Cincinnati Art Museum

E. Lewis. Sculptor. - Public domain portrait print

E. Lewis. Sculptor. - Public domain portrait print

Public domain photograph related to 19th-century Africa, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Columbus by Edmonia Lewis (1865-1867)

Columbus by Edmonia Lewis (1865-1867)

Columbus by Edmonia Lewis (1865-1867), High Museum of Art

SAAM-1994.17 1 - A statue of a woman sitting in a chair

SAAM-1994.17 1 - A statue of a woman sitting in a chair

sculpture by Edmonia Lewis Public domain photograph of sculpture, statue, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The Negro in literature and art in the United States (1918) (14762975942)

The Negro in literature and art in the United States (1918) (147629759...

Identifier: negroinliterat00braw (find matches) Title: The Negro in literature and art in the United States Year: 1918 (1910s) Authors: Brawley, Benjamin Griffith, 1882-1939 Subjects: African American autho... More

SAAM-1983.95.178 2 - A statue of a woman holding a cat

SAAM-1983.95.178 2 - A statue of a woman holding a cat

sculpture by Edmonia Lewis Public domain photograph of sculpture, statue, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

SAAM-1983.95.181 2 - A white marble bust of a woman

SAAM-1983.95.181 2 - A white marble bust of a woman

sculpture by Edmonia Lewis Public domain photograph - bust portrait sculpture, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

SAAM-1984.149.1 1 - A statue of a man sitting on a chair

SAAM-1984.149.1 1 - A statue of a man sitting on a chair

sculpture by Edmonia Lewis Public domain photograph of sculpture, statue, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description