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Katharine Lane Weems

Born: Feb 22, 1899

Death: Jan 1, 1989

Nationality: United States

Katharine Lane Weems

Date of Birth : Feb 22, 1899
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1989

Katharine Lane Weems was an American sculptor famous for her realistic portrayals of animals. Weems was born in Boston, the only child of Gardiner Martin and Emma Louise Lane, and received an elite education typical for wealthy women of her class. Her father was president of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and her grandfather was classicist Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve. She was named after her aunt, Katharine Ward Lane, who was a watercolorist. She studied art at the Boston Museum School under Charles Grafly and George Demetrios and also studied at the summer studios of Anna Hyatt Huntington. Like many woman artists of the period, Weems often faced hostility because of her gender. However, she received support from two prominent female artists of the time: Huntington and Brenda Putnam, both of whom were working in New York. In 1926 she won two medals: a Bronze Medal at the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition, and the George D. Widener Memorial Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1947 she married Carrington Weems and exhibited as Katharine Ward Lane as well as Katharine Lane Weems.

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