Visual narratives and the portrait busts of Edmonia Lewis

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Visual narratives and the portrait busts of Edmonia Lewis

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dc.contributor.advisor Connelly, Frances S., 1953- en
dc.contributor.author Crowe, Susan en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-20T19:26:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-20T11:15:05Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01-20
dc.date.submitted 2010 Fall en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/9592
dc.description Title from PDF of title page, viewed on January 20, 2011. en
dc.description Thesis advisor: Frances Connelly. en
dc.description Vita. en
dc.description Includes bibliographic references (pages 53-58). en
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--Dept. of Art and Art History. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2010. en
dc.description.abstract This study considers the social and historical significance of the extant portrait busts sculpted by Edmonia Lewis. The Afro-Native American artist is best known for her thematic sculptures such as Forever Free (1867), Hagar (1875), and Death of Cleopatra (1876). The academic attention paid to these works obscures the fact that portrait busts account for over a third of her artistic output. Consequently, Lewis's portrait busts have not received a concentrated analysis. Who were the individuals portrayed? What were their relationships to the artist? Using Lewis's bust of James Peck Thomas (1874), her only existing portrait of an African-American patron as a case study, this study explores these two questions in depth. Drawing primarily from unpublished court documents, Thomas's autobiography as well as newspaper articles, this examination opens a unique window into the individual lives of Lewis's subjects, thereby expanding our knowledge of nineteenth-century American visual and cultural history. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- James Peck Thomas -- Historical Analysis -- Appendix en
dc.format.extent vi, 60 pages en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Kansas City en
dc.subject.lcsh Lewis, Edmonia en
dc.subject.lcsh African American sculptors en
dc.subject.lcsh Art, American -- Social aspects -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Busts en
dc.subject.lcsh Portrait sculpture, American. en
dc.subject.other Thesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Art and art history en
dc.title Visual narratives and the portrait busts of Edmonia Lewis en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Art History en
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Kansas City en
thesis.degree.name M.A. en
thesis.degree.level Masters en


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