Edith Woodman Burroughs

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Edith Woodman Burroughs
Born Edith Woodman
1871 (1871)
New York, New York
Died 1916 (aged 44–45)
New York, New York
Nationality American
Education Art Students League of New York
Known for Sculpture
Bryson Burroughs (m. 1893)
Fountain of Youth originally presented at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (P.P.I.E.), held in San Francisco in 1915
Portrait of John Bigelow, Armory Show, 1913

Edith Woodman Burroughs (1871 in Riverdale-on-Hudson, New York – 1916 in Flushing, Queens) was an American sculptor. Her work was included in the 1913 Armory Show.


Born in Riverdale, New York, Woodman began studying with master artists art at the early age of 15, working with Kenyon Cox and Augustus Saint Gaudens at the Art Students League. By the age of 18 she was supporting herself by designing objects for churches as well as for the Tiffany and Company.[1]

In 1893 she married artist Bryson Burroughs,[2] the future curator of paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.[3] She spent the next two years in Paris where she studied with Jean-Antoine Injalbert and Luc-Olivier Merson.[4] In 1907 she won the Shaw Memorial Prize front the National Academy of Design for a work Circe that was subsequently shown at a major exhibit in Baltimore [5]

In 1909 she returned to Paris where she "came under the influence of Maillol", after which her work reflected his simpler means of expression.[6]

Woodman Burroughs designed two fountains for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.[7] Her Fountain of Youth figure, showing the sweet tenderness, a maidenly lovliness[8] won a silver medal at the Expo.

Burroughs exhibited a bronze bust, Portrait of John Bigelow at the 1913 Armory Show in New York.[9] In 1913, she was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member.

Burroughs has four pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection from her early 20th century work: her 1908 John La Farge, 1909 Grolier Club Memorial of Edgar Allan Poe, 1911 Roger Fry, which was attributed by the Metropolitan for showcasing her skills in expressive surface modeling, as well as her 1912 At the Threshold.[10]

She died in Flushing, New York on January 6, 1916.[11]

Her work[edit]

Her work can be found in numerous museums and galleries including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rubenstein, Charlotte Streifer, American Women Sculptors, G.K. Hall & Co., Boston 1990 pp. 236-238
  2. ^ Gardner, Albert TenEyck (1965). American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 107. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  3. ^ Raynor, Vivien (1984-03-02). "ART: BRYSON BURROUGHS, WORK INSPIRED BY MYTH". The New York Times. New York: New York Times. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  4. ^ Proske, Beatrice Gilman, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina, 1968 p. 261
  5. ^ Catalogue of the Exhibition of the National Sculpture Society Under the Auspices of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore. Fifth Regiment Armory, April 4th To April 25th Inclusive, Nineteen Eight
  6. ^ Proske, Beatrice Gilman, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina, 1943 p. 279
  7. ^ Gardner, p. 107
  8. ^ Chaney, Sheldon (1915). Art Lover's Guide to the Exposition: Explanation of the Architecture Sculpture & Mural Paintings with a Guide for Study in the Art Gallery, At the Sign of the Berkeley Oak. Berkeley, California. p. 51.
  9. ^ 1913 Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 1963 Henry Street Settlement, NY 1963 p. 184
  10. ^ "Edith Woodman Burroughs".
  11. ^ Levy, Florence Nightingale (1917). American Art Annual, Volume 13. MacMillan Company. p. 313.