Emily Stearns Perry (1873-1929)
She was born 18 December 1873 in New Ipswich, New Hampshire a daughter of John P. and Emma R. Perry. John was a retired clergyman during the 1880 census and born in New Hampshire. Emma Perry was born in Denmark. Emilie had two brothers, John and Chauncy. John P. Perry died between 1880 and 1900 when his widow, Emma, and daughter Emilie were living together in Boston, Mass. Emilie's occupation was listed as "student". Emilie Perry studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, the Massachusetts Normal Art School, and under Max Broedel. Emma and Emilie Perry were in the 1910 Federal census of Los Angeles, CA. Emilie's occupation was listed as "Artist (Painter & Modeler). She lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA from 1909-1916 and exhibited her work at several expositions, societies, and galleries. Perry copyrighted a sculpture, Ruins of City Hall, San Francisco, Cal., in 1914. She won silver and bronze medals at the Panama-California International Exposition in 1915. She was employed to create a bust of prominent Los Angeles educator and founder of the Los Angeles Shakespeare Club, Mrs. Kate Tupper Galpin, to commemorate her work in Shakespearian studies. The bust was placed in Stratford, England.
Emilie was living alone in a boarding house in Baltimore, MD in 1920, occupied as a "Reconstruct Aide USA Hospital". Perry worked as a
painter, sculptor, and illustrator. Her illustration work included sketches of operations during surgery at the Fort McHenry War Hospital during WWI. She was appointed the Illustrator of Clinic Publications at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1921 with an annual salary of
$2000. She was listed as "Medical Illustrator, University Hospital" in the General Register of the University of Michigan in 1927.
One of Perry's pastel paintings has survived in the original frame and has the label, verso, from the Ann Arbor Art Association annual
exhibition containing the title of the painting, name of the artist, and price, $8. Emilie was a member of the Ann Arbor Art Association. Her
biographical information appears in the Dictionary of Women Artists by Pettys, Who Was Who in American Art by Falk, Index of Artists by
Mallett, Artists in California 1786-1940 by Hughes, Artists of Early Michigan by Gibson, American Art Directory 1927, Artists as Illustrators
by Castagno, Women Artists in America: 18th Century to the Present by Collins, Dictionary of American Sculptors by Opitz, A Dictionary of
American Artists, Sculptors and Engravers by Young, and Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide.
Emilie Perry never married. She died on 16 July 1929 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Information provided by Kevin Daniel of Bloomington, Illinois