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Women’s History Month—Brenda Putnam

Brenda Putnam, American sculptor, 1890-1975

Brenda Putnam was a sculptor and daughter of the first Librarian of Congress, Herbert Putnam. Some of her most well-known pieces include the Puck statue at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C., and a portrait bust of Amelia Earheart.

The Libraries has a catalogue of her work in its Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library, Sculpture by Brenda Putnam, and also a work by the artist in its Smithsonian American Art Museum / National Portrait Gallery Library, Animal X-rays, a skeleton key to comparative anatomy.

—Elizabeth Periale

Photograph courtesy of Smithsonian's Photographs of Women on Flickr.

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