|Name||Heidel, Edith Ogden, b. 1871|
|Othernames||Edith Hope Ogden|
|Places of residence||
Santa Monica, CA (1912)
Edith Ogden Heidel was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1871. She studied at the Art Students League under Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907). Heidel designed a bronze tablet for the steamship St. Paul, for which she won an important prize. The sculptor was very active in Washington DC during the years 1898 through 1935, where she was the first woman instructor of modeling at the Corcoran School of Art from 1901-1902. On March 2, 1922, Heidel gifted the sculpture "The Thinking Woman" to the National Woman's Party headquarters for their art gallery dedicated to the modern woman. Part of her inspiration for the sculpture comes from Rodin's sculpture "Le Penseur." (See "Woman Starts Legacy of Art for the Future Washington, Gallery Will Symbolize Her Contribution To Civilization," in The Evening Independent newspaper, April 3, 1923, page 8. Note: article is accompanied by a photographic image of Alice Paul sitting beside "The Thinking Woman," and an inset image of the artist. As of 9/23/2009 the article can be accessed online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=950&dat=19230403&id=4MYLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=w1QDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2792,1799302)
Photo credit and source: The Library of Congress, Title: Mrs. Edith Ogden Heidel, 3/2/22, Call number: LC-F82- 7266 [P&P], Restrictions: No known restrictions on publication, Medium: 1 glass negative; 8 x 6 in.