An early 20th century Pekinese bronze by Gertrude Katherine Lathrop (American, 1896-1986)
A magnificent, rare and large early 20th century, circa 1925, Art Deco bronze of a recumbent Pekinese by Gertrude Katherine Lathrop (American, 1896-1986). Signed to the base “G. K. LATHROP”.
Lathrop bronzes were cast by the Gorham Foundry and Kunst Foundry NY.
Gertrude Katherine Lathrop (American, 1896-1986)
Born in Albany, New York, Gertrude Lathrop came from a family of women artists with whom she shared a studio at home. Her mother, Ida, was a painter of landscape and still life, and her sister Dorothy was primarily a writer and illustrator of children's books. Gertrude Lathrop studied with Gutzon Borglum at the Art Students League in New York City in 1918 and at his School of American Sculpture from 1920 to 1921. She spent the summer of 1924 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, studying with Charles Grafly. Lathrop had her first exhibition at the National Academy of Design in 1921, and in the following years her work was included in many shows of the National Sculpture Society. Although she modeled portraits and was an accomplished medalist, her main interest was in sculpting animals. In 1954 she moved with her sister to Falls Village, Connecticut, where she died in 1986. Her work is in Smithsonian American Art Museum.