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Work by Edmonia Lewis To Be Publicly Displayed on Isle of Bute

By News Team
Published on October 5, 2021

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A rare sculpture by pioneering 19th Century American artist Edmonia Lewis is going on public display in Scotland to mark Black History Month.

Lewis was the first woman of African and Native American heritage to gain international recognition as an artist.

One of her marble sculptures completed in 1870, titled Bust Of Christ, is going on display in Mount Stuart mansion on the Isle of Bute.

It has been in the aristocratic Bute family’s private collection for many years but was only recently rediscovered by historians and academics.

Lewis achieved international recognition as a neoclassical sculptor between the 1860s and 1890s, working in Rome, Paris, and London after leaving the US.

The sculpture, which went on display on Monday October 4, is one of only two of Lewis’ works which are in public collections in the UK.

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