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  • Rhinoceros, Weems

Rhinoceros

Artist:

Katherine Lord Lane Weems

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Neighborhood:

Fenway

Type:

Sculpture

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Medium:

Bronze

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Description:

Katherine Lord Lane Weems began her artistic career in the first half of the twentieth century when few people were willing to accept that women could possess the skill and stamina necessary to create large-scale sculpture. To make a distinctive niche for herself in her profession, she worked almost exclusively with animal subjects. She created at least three life-sized studies of rhinoceroses that were cast in bronze. Weems’s study of a black African Rhinoceros is at the Museum of Science. Her studies of two Indian Rhinoceroses, Bessie and Victoria, are at Harvard. Rhinoceros at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts is a copy of one of the Harvard Indian rhinoceroses. Its placement at the school commemorates Weems’s studentship there and her distinction as one of America’s foremost animal sculptors.

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