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Kathryn Leighton

Painter of Landscapes and Indian portraits.  Born in Plainfield, NH on March 17, 1876.  After formal education at the Kimball Union Academy near her home, Kathryn Woodman graduated from the Boston Normal Art School in 1900.  In that year she married attorney Edward C. Leighton and had further art training in Paris and Vienna.  The Leightons left New Hampshire in 1910 and settled in Los Angeles where she established a studio at 1633 W. 46th Street.  She had further study at the Stickney School of Art in Pasadena and became active in various civic art and philanthropic movements.  Mrs. Leighton sketched the desert in bloom and months on end were spent in Glacier National Park wher she painted panoramic landscapes.  After 1918 she began to concentrate on Indian portraits and in 1926 artist Charlie Russell introduced her to the Blackfeet Indians who later adopted her into the tribe after she began spending summers with them.  The Great Northern Railway commissioned her to execute 22 pictrues of the Blackfeet elders which were used in a lecture series.  Durning her lifetime she completed more than 700 Indian portraits.  Her accurate depictions of the Blackfeet, Sioux, Cherokee, and other tribes often incorporate into the portrait superstitions, tribal lore, crafts, and detailed costumes.  Internationally famous, Mrs. Leighton died in Los Angeles on July 1, 1952.

Member:  California Art club, President;  West Coast Arts;  Biltmore Painters of the West;  Los Angeles Art Association,  Artland Club, Los Angeles,

Exhibited:  San Francisco Art Association, 1924;  Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles;  Abbey Galleries, London, 1929;   Knoedler Gallery, Paris, 1930;  California State Fair, 1930;  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1932, 1940;  Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939;  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1945

Works Held;  Los Angeles County Museum of Art;  Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


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