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Enid Yandell, Sculptor

Artist Enid Yandell was a pioneer for women sculptors during the 1890s and early 1900s.

Encouraged by her parents to pursue an art career, Yandell graduated from the Cincinnati Art Academy and afterward studied with some of the great masters of sculpture, including Rodin.

She rose to national prominence at age 21, when her work was featured at the Columbian Exposition of the Chicago’s World Fair in 1892.

Shortly thereafter, Enid Yandell was commissioned by Louisville’s Filson Club to do a statue of frontiersman Daniel Boone. The statue now stands at Cherokee Park.

According to the Filson, Yandell used Boone’s own hunting shirt, rifle, tomahawk, scalping knife, and powder horn to model the statue.

Another noted commission is the sculpture of Pan, created for Hogan’s Fountain - also in Cherokee Park.

Yandell’s public statuary and fountains are also well-known in Tennessee, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

In 1898, Yandell was the first woman inducted into the National Sculpture Society. Among her other accomplishments were founding the Branstock School of Art in Massachusetts and her wide variety of civic service in Europe during World War I.

Enid Yandell died in 1934 and is buried at Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery.

The Speed Art Museum has one of the largest collections of her work, and the Filson Club has a wealth of photographs and personal papers.

More to note:

  • Enid Yandell was the eldest daughter of a prominent local surgeon.
  • Yandell's statues, based on the Parthenon, graced the porticoes of Columbian Exposition Hall in 1892. The building later became the Museum of Science & Industry.
  • Yandell co-wrote Three Girls in a Flat about her experiences in Chicago during the planning of the Columbian Exposition in 1892.
  • According to The Encyclopedia of Louisville, Yandell's plaster statue of Daniel Boone stood on the Chicago fairgrounds and at the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
  • Daniel Boone was not cast in bronze until 1906. It was then placed at Cherokee Park. Another casting of the Boone statue was made in 1967 and placed on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
  • In 1897, a 25-foot plaster replica of the Louvre's Pallas Athena sculpted by Yandell was a key feature of Tennessee's centennial celebration. Unfortunately the colossal figure was never bronzed and was later destroyed by weather.
  • The Branstock School operated several summers until Yandell’s death in 1934.
  • According to the Filson Club, Yandell was active in the women’s suffrage movement and she campaigned for President Calvin Coolidge.
  • Other works Yandell created for the Filson are her busts of Col. Reuben T. Durrett and Alfred Victor DuPont.
  • The Speed Museum also has the artist’s scrapbook in its collection.
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