(1890 - 1960)
Nancy Elizabeth Prophet was active/lived in Georgia, Rhode Island. Nancy Prophet is known for carved wood portrait sculpture.
Biography Nancy Prophet
A hard-working sculptor who earned many prizes but never made much money, she was half African American and half Native American. At age twenty four, she enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and while a student, married Francis Ford, but they later divorced.
She studied sculpture but early on focused more on painting and drawing, especially portraiture, from which she tried unsuccessfully to make a living. Being black, she felt much discriminated against, particularly when a gallery agreed to show her work if she did not attend the opening.
Hoping for a more tolerant social climate, she moved to Paris in 1922, but she nearly starved to death trying to succeed as a sculptor. A benefactor gave her money, b
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