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 Posted 04/16/2021  07:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Continuing my look at Gertrude Katherine Lathrop...

During her career, Lathrop won multiple awards, including: the Helen Foster Barnett prize from the National Academy of Design (1928), the Julia A. Shaw Sculpture Award from the National Academy of Design (1931), the Anna Hyatt Huntington Award from the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors Award (1933) and the American Numismatic Society Saltus Medal (1950), among others.

Her work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, The Albany Institute of History and Art, the Houston, TX Public Library and the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA, among others

Lathrop's numismatic career was definitely weighted toward medals vs. coins. In addition to her two commemorative coins, she was also the designer of the 1938 "Conserve Wildlife" medal for the Society of Medalists series, the Louis Agassiz (1966) and John James Audubon (1963) medals for the New York University Hall of Fame of Great Americans medal series. Archer M Huntington Medal(1954) for the Mariner's Museum and the Amy Angell Collier Montague civic achievement award medal for The Garden Club of America, among others.

Presented here is the 1938 250th Anniversary of New Rochelle, NY commemorative half dollar.

Lathrop Posing with the Model Seen on the New Rochelle Half Dollar

Image from my copy of One Fatt Calfe, the book written by Amy C. Skipton that provides a full account of the New Rochelle half dollar.

1938 New Rochelle, NY 250th Anniversary Half Dollar





To learn more about the New Rochelle, NY half dollar, have a look at:

- New Rochelle, NY 250th Anniversary
- New Rochelle, NY 250th Anniversary - Revisited
- New Rochelle, NY 250th Anniversary - Animal Kingdom Thread


For other posts about commemorative coins and medals, see: Read More: Commems Collection.


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 Posted 04/17/2021  08:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Susanna Blunt is a Canadian-born artist-painter-sculptor who has developed an international reputation for portraiture. In 2002, she was invited to participate in a nationwide competition to design a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II for Canada's coins - circulating and collector. Her portrait was selected from those of the nine artists invited, and was unveiled in June 2003; new coins with her QEII portrait entered circulation in Canada in August 2003. The uncrowned, right-facing portrait of QEII has been the primary portrait used on Canada's coins since 2003; the portrait is the first-ever to present the Queen without a crown (such was done at the Queen's request).

For details on her art education, professional career and artistic works. I suggest visiting Ms. Blunt's web site and viewing her "About" page: https://www.bluntart.com/about-1/

2007 International Polar Year $20 Commemorative Coin with Susanna Blunt Portrait



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 Posted 04/18/2021  06:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Susanna Blunt was the designer of the reverse of Canada's 2005 National Parks, Pacific Rim silver $20 proof coin. As Blunt's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is on the obverse side, the piece marked the first time a Canadian coin had each of its sides designed by the same person.

2005 Canada $20 National Parks, Pacific Rim Silver Coin



If you'd like to read more about the coin, check out my previous post:

- 2005 $20 Pacific Rim National Park.


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My opinion (which doesn't count for very much in this discussion), is that all of the portraits on UK coinage with the exception of the uncrowned Gillick bust are better the Canadian Blunt portrait.
To my eye, the Blunt portrait doesn't look like the Queen.

I like all of the other designs shown so far in this thread.
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Constance Ortmayer, the designer/sculptor of the 1936 Cincinnati Music Center 50th Anniversary US commemorative half dollar, was an accomplished professional sculptor who created public and private sculptures and also enjoyed a lengthy academic career at Rollins College (1937-1968).

Constance was born on July 19, 1902; she grew up and attended school in New York City. She later spent time in Vienna, Switzerland where she studied at the city's Academy of Fine Arts (1927-1930), before graduating to the Academy's Master School of Arts (1930-1932). She travelled around Europe for a time after graduation, but returned to the US to begin her full-time professional career.

She was hired by the US Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture (a Depression-era Federal works program) as a coordinator of design contests for the selection of artists who would create artwork for US Federal buildings (e.g. courthouses, post offices, etc.) as part of FDR's New Deal. After leaving her post and beginning work at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Ortmayer was selected to create relief sculptures for two US Post Offices - one in Scottsdale, Alabama and one in Arcadia, Florida.

Ortmayer also served on the committee that organized the exhibition of contemporary art at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The exhibition was a large one, filling 23 galleries in the Fair's Contemporary Arts Building.

During a career at Rollins College than spanned four decades, Ortmayer was an instructor in sculpture (1937-1941), an assistant professor (1941-1944), an associate professor (1944-1947) and a full professor (1947-1968). She retired from Rollins in 1968.

During her career, Ortmayer was awarded:
- the Anna Hyatt Huntington Prize
- the Henry O. Avery Architectural Prize
- an Award of Merit for best work in any medium from the Florida Federation of Art, and
- the Rollins Decoration of Honor (Rollins College).

She was a member of:
- the National Sculpture Society
- the Florida Artist Group
- the Florida Federation of Art, and
- the Orlando Ceramic Society as an honorary member.

After retiring from Rollins College, Ortmayer spent her time working on private commissions. She was fortunate enough to live for two decades beyond her departure from Rollins; she died on May 15, 1988.

In terms of numismatics, the Cincinnati half dollar proved to be her only coin design, but she did create multiple medals, including several award medals for Rollins College.

1936 Cincinnati Music Center Anniversary Half Dollar



For more about the Cincinnati half dollar and an associated original holder (ephemera), have a look at:

- 1936 Cincinnati Music Center 50th Anniversary w/ Anniversary Legitimacy Discussion
- 1936 Cincinnati Music Center 50th Anniversary - Revisit
- 1936 Cincinnati Music Center 50th Anniversary - Ephemera
- What if? 1937 Cincinnati Music Center Half Dollar

For other of my posts about commemorative coins and medals, see: Read More: Commems Collection.


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 Posted 04/21/2021  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Next up in my survey of women who designed classic US commemorative coins, Brenda Putnam.


(Image Credit: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Collection. Creative Commons license.

Ms. Putnam was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 3, 1890. As a child, she moved with her family to Washington, DC so that her father, Herbert Putnam, could take the position of the Librarian of Congress, a position he held from 1899 to 1939.

As a young girl, Brenda attended the National Cathedral School, on the campus of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC; she received her first formal art instruction at the school. She would go on to further her art studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (for a time, under Bela Lyon Pratt), the Art Students League in New York City (under James Earle Fraser) and the Corcoran Museum Art School in Washington, DC.

She was most known for her modern approach to sculptures of the human form (statues and busts), bas relief portraits and small statuettes of animals. While she did not have an extensive numismatic resume, the Cleveland half dollar was her only coin credit, she did design a number of award medals, including the Congressional Gold Medal for Fleet Admiral Ernest Joseph King (1946). For a time in the 1930s, she worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) creating artwork for two US Post Offices (Caldwell, NJ and St. Cloud, MN).

In addition to many art exhibitions, Putnam also exhibited her sculpture at the 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CA and at the 1939 World's Fair in New York to many accolades.

Among the awards she received were:

- the Barnett Prize (1922)
- the Widener Gold Medal (1923)
- the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors for Sculpture Prize (1923)
- the Architectural League of New York Avery Prize (1924)
- the Waltrous Gold Medal (1935)

She was an elected member of:

- the National Academy of Design
- the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors
- the National Sculpture Society
- the National Association of Women Artists.

In addition to all of her sculpture work, Brenda also authored a book - The Sculptor's Way - which was a technical guide for students interested in pursuing work as a sculptor.

Ms. Putnam died on October 18, 1975 in Concord, New Hampshire; she was 85 years old.


1936 Cleveland, OH Centennial and Great Lakes Exposition Half Dollar



I've posted about the Cleveland half dollar before, you can read the posts here:

- 1936 Cleveland, OH Centennial and Great Lakes Exposition
- 1936 Cleveland, OH Centennial and Great Lakes Exposition - Ephemera
- 1936 Cleveland, OH Centennial and Great Lakes Exposition - Ephemera II
- What if? 1937 Cleveland, OH Centennial and Great Lakes Exposition

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 Posted 04/22/2021  10:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fascinating biography!


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For a time in the 1930s, she worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) creating artwork for two US Post Offices... St. Cloud, MN...
I lived there when I was in grade 7.
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2009 Great Britain 2 coin commemorating Charles Darwin, designed by Suzie Zamit:

Link to her website:
https://www.suziezamit.co.uk/about
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It would be an accurate statement to say that Marjorie Emory Simpson never achieved the same level of acclaim as that of contemporary sculptresses such as Laura Gardin Fraser and Gertrude Lathrop. She did, however, possess true talent in sculpture and very much earned the honor of co-designing a US coin, even if she is typically just a side note in references about the coin. Marjorie assisted her husband, William Marks Simpson, with the designs for the the 1936 Norfolk, VA Bicentennial commemorative half dollar.

Ms. Simpson was born Marjorie Tilgham Emory in Annapolis, Maryland in 1910 (or 1911; the records are unclear). Her talent for sculpture was recognized at an early age, which led to her mother enrolling her in the Saturday Modeling Class at the Maryland Institute. (The Maryland Institute was/is an art college in Baltimore, MD that was founded in 1826; today, it offers art instruction in illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, digital media and mixed media.)

Marjorie Emory Simpson

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The talents she displayed in the Saturday class led to her being admitted to the Rinehart School of Sculpture (a school within the Maryland Institute) where the quality of her work led to a four-year scholarship. It was at Rinehart that Marjorie met William Marks Simpson, an instructor at the school. The couple married on June 29, 1937; professionally, Marjorie used her maiden name as her middle name post marriage. Like James Earle and Laura Gardin Fraser before them, the artist duo shared a studio; the Simpson's studio was in Baltimore, MD.

(For the record, it is often noted that the "Husband and Wife team" of William Marks and Marjorie Emory Simpson co-designed the Norfolk half dollar. In fact, they were not married until after the coin's design had been essentially completed (as a medal), save for some final revisions needed once the replacement coin bill had been authorized by Congress and approved by President Roosevelt.)

From childhood, Ms. Simpson favored sculpting animals, with a particular fondness for horses. Her talent in this area led to multiple equestrian commissions, including creating a series of portraits of celebrated Maryland horses circa 1940. For display at the 1936 National Flower Show, Simpson created a replica of Andrew O'Connor's equestrian statue of the Marquis de Lafayette. Simpson's replica stood in a place of honor at the Show. (O'Connor's original statue was erected in Baltimore, MD in 1924 and still stands today.)

O'Connors Original Lafayette Statue in Baltimore

(Image Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Public Domain.)

In addition to her credited work on the Norfolk, VA Bicentennial coin, I also believe it is possible that she assisted William on the Roanoke Colony Memorial half dollar (particularly on the coin's reverse). A link to further discussion of this conjecture is found below.

1936 Norfolk, VA Bicentennial Half Dollar





You can learn more about the Norfolk half dollar here:

- 1936 Norfolk, VA Bicentennial / Tricentennial
- 1936 Norfolk, VA Bicentennial / Tricentennial - Original Models vs. Final Coins
- "Thanks! But No Thanks!" - The Norfolk Medal
- Raleigh's Portrait - Raleigh Coin's Design Team


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Enid Bell is credited as the designer of the reverse (portrait side) of the 1936 Robinson-Arkansas Statehood Centennial half dollar; noted sculptor Charles Keck created the models for the coin based on Bell's design sketches. The Burr/Bates obverse featuring a bald eagle and a portion of the Arkansas flag used on the original Arkansas half dollar remained unchanged on the Robinson coins.

Ms. Bell was born in London, England on December 4, 1904. She studied art in England at the Glasgow School of Art (1920-21) and the St. John's Wood school of Art in London from (1921-1922); she also simultaneously studied privately under the Scottish sculptor Sir William Reid Dick (1921-22). After moving to the United States, Ms. Bell continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York City (1922-24).

Bell is generally considered an American artist, due to the fact that she moved to the United States fairly early in liife and spent her entire professional career in the United States. She worked out of studios in New Jersey, and enjoyed a primarily regional career though she did exhibit across the US as well as internationally. She preferred to sculpt wood vs. stone, and many of her more well-known pieces are wooden sculptures.

She married Missak Palanchian, an artist/painter in 1932; they were married in New York City. Enid took part in many exhibitions, and even combined with Missak to conduct occasional joint exhibitions.

Professionally, she taught at Miss Chaplin's School of Art in New York City (1929-31). She won commissioned art projects from the Works Project Administration (WPA) beginning in the mid-1930s. During her time associated with the WPA, Ms. Bell created multiple sculptures/relief panels as public works of art for post offices, schools and Libraries.

In 1940, Ms. Bell became the Sculpture Supervisor for the New Jersey Arts & Crafts Project of the Works Project Administration (WPA), a position she held into 1941.

Bell also was an instructor of art and sculpture for 24 years at the Newark School of Industrial and Fine Arts (1944-68); she headed the Sculpture Department at the school.

Her numismatic work is limited, in addition to the Robinson coin Ms. Bell also designed the US Congressional Gold Medal for Lincoln Ellsworth, the explorer, surveyor and polar navigator (1928).

Her awards include:

- Gold Medal, Paris International Exposition, 1937
- Sculpture Medal, Newark Art Club, 1933
- First Honor for Wood Sculpture, New Mexico State Fair, 1941
- Nellie Wright Allen Award, Jersey City Museum Exposition

She was a member of:

- the National Sculpture Society
- the New York Society of Craftsmen
- the Associated Artists of New Jersey

Ms. Bell died in 1994 in Englewood, New Jersey.


1936 Robinson-Arkansas Statehood Centennial Half Dollar



To learn more about Senator Robinson and this coin, check out:

- 1936 Robinson-Arkansas Statehood Centennial


Sources consulted

- Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women. Women's Project of New Jersey, Inc. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. 1997.

- A terrific overview and retrospective of Ms. Bell's life and career can be found at the web site created by her grandson; lots of pictures of Bell and her work can be seen. Visit it here: http://www.enidbell.com/index.htm.



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