Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

Turtle Baby

Turtle Baby

c. 1910–16

Edith Barretto Stevens Parsons

(American, 1878-1956)


Overall: 104.2 cm (41 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection 1923.724

Edition: 6 in edition

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Parsons created similar sculptures featuring young girls and boys with ducks, frogs, and fish.


Parsons achieved renown through her garden sculptures of young children accompanied by animals, which one commentator praised for capturing “the happiness of just being alive.” In Turtle Baby, her most famous composition, the figure of the girl was modeled after her daughter. Conceived as a fountain, the sculpture has internal water conduits exiting the mouths of the four turtles circling its base.

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