(1873 - 1916)
Helen Farnsworth (Nellie) Mears was active/lived in New York, Wisconsin. Helen Mears is known for bas relief sculpture and portrait painting.
Biography Helen Mears
Biography of Helen Farnsworth Mears
by Mary Hiles
Farnsworth Mears was born in Oshkosh in 1871 and went on to gain
national recognition. Her works are in the Smithsonian (bust of medical
pioneer Dr. William Morton), New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art
(bas-relief of composer Edward MacDowell) and other national and state
collections. Her nine-foot statue of temperance leader Frances Willard
is the only sculpture of a woman by a woman in the Hall of Statuary in
the nation's capitol. "The Fountain of Life", the musical which
celebrates her life, is also the title of one of Mears's major works.
was the youngest of three daughters born to John and Mary Elizabeth
Mears. (The latter was a poet, autho
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