2018: Gift of Art Attic Sale #4: Edna Lawrence

2018: Gift of Art Attic Sale #4: Edna Lawrence


Edna Lawrence (1898 – 1987)

For over two decades Edna Lawrence conducted the Saturday morning portrait class at the Providence Art Club.  She was a remarkable draftswoman.  Here is a collection for our Attic Sale and also a few other landscapes by talented Edna Lawrence.  All the portraits are matted unless otherwise indicated.

#1. Elegance – $25. SOLD

#2. Woman Sitting – $10. SOLD

#3. Patchwork Shirt – $15.  SOLD

#4. Orange Dress – $25. SOLD

#5.Green Shawl – $25. SOLD

#6. Shuffling Cards – $25. SOLD

#7. Girl in Blue Sweater  – $25. SOLD


#8. Woman with Short Brown Hair – $10. SOLD


#9. House in the Country – $25 SOLD

#10. Steps – $15. SOLD

#11. Landscape – $20 ( unframed) SOLD

#12. Church Steeple – $40. SOLD

#13. Lake – $10. SOLD


#13. Farmland – $15.  Crease in paper. SOLD



Professor Emerita of Drawing from Rhode Island School of Design, recipient of the Alumni Award as well as the Providence Art Club Medal, Edna Lawrence never escaped recognition for her services and contributions to the art culture of Rhode Island. Edna studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and upon graduation spent a year at the New York Art Student’s League. She focused her energies on acquiring basic technical skills such as solid draftsmanship and fine composition. She shunned the advancing modernist doctrine of the 20’s and stubbornly chose to paint in a realistic manner. In 1922 she went on faculty ar RISD and produced some of her most important work at this time. She remained at RISD for 54 years, establishing the Nature Lab where she collected over 20,000 nature objects. This accomplishment earned her the nickname “Mother Nature.” She became known for her mastery of pastel, crayon, oils, water color and scratch boar. Her subject matter included landscapes, portraits, still life and nature studies. Critics praised her capacity for pattern, poetry and handling of color. During her lifetime she was a member of the Providence Art Club, the Providence Water Color Club, the South County Art Association and the Rhode Island Institute of Arts and Sciences.