Caroline S. Brooks (1840-1900?)

Caroline Shawk Brooks, sculptor, used a process of sculpting that involved molding in butter before progressing to marble. She was ridiculed as the "Butterlady" and endured much mockery of her molding technique. (Butter sculpture had its roots in ancient Tibetan Buddhist art where it symbolized impermanence.) Brooks' two marble statues of Lady Godiva were destroyed by a 1906 earthquake in California. The artist was the widow of San Francisco painter Samuel Brooks.

Date:
1875 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES26849
Photographer:
Brooks
Height:
1231px
Width:
741px
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