Sally James Farnham
Sally James Farnham was an American sculptor born Ogdensburg, New York November 26, 1869 into a prominent local family.
She was exposed to art as a child while touring the museums of Europe with her family. In 1896 she married Paulding Farnham, a designer at Tiffany & Co. and began modeling in 1901 while confined to a hospital bed. A family friend, Frederic Remington advised her to continue applying herself to the study of sculpture, which she did with the aid of several well-known sculptors, Henry Merwin Shrady, Augustus Lukeman and Frederick Roth.
The ensuing years saw Farnham produce a series of United States Civil War and cemetery monuments in New York and New Jersey. In 1910 she was commissioned to create a frieze for the Pan American Union building in Washington D.C. This work contributed to her winning a commission from the government of Venezuela to execute the equestrian Simon Bolivar that now stands at the head of the Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
Sally Farnham died in New York City on April 28, 1943.
Major public commissions
- The Spririt of Liberty (1905), Civil War monument-Library Park, Ogdensburg, New York
- Defenders of the Flag (1908), Civil War monument- Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York
- G.A.R. Memorial (1908), Civil War monument-Holy Sepluchure Cemetery, Rochester, New York
- The Frieze of Discoverers (1910)-Pan American Union (now OAS) Building, Washington, D.C.
- Civil War monument (1912)-Bloomfield, New Jersey.
- Simon Bolivar (1921)-Central Park, New York, New York.
- Father Junipero Serra with Indian Boy (1925)-San Fernando Mission, California.
- Like Hell You Can (1926), World War I monument-Fultonville, New York
- Anna Dick Biardot (1921)-Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York
- Vernon Castle Memorial (1922)-Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York
- Catharine Fonner (1925)-Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York
- Flora at the Preston Pope Satterwhite grave, Cave Hill Cememtery, Louisville, Kentucky
- Wiser-Historic Ogdensburgh Cemetery, Ogdensburg, New York
- The Art of Being an Artist: Sally James Farnham, American Sculptor, by Peter H. Hassrick, Frederic Remington Art Museum: Ogdensburg, NY 2005
- Sally James Farnham at Find a Grave