Elizabeth Virginia <I>Palmer</I> Bradfield

Elizabeth Virginia Palmer Bradfield

Birth
Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan, USA
Death 27 May 1954 (aged 78)
Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Burial Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 4, Lot 493
Memorial ID 63541262 · View Source
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Daughter of Charles H. Palmer, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Spalding. Known professionally as Elizabeth Palmer Bradfield (sculptor).

" During the years 1888-1892 while living in Boston, young Elizabeth attended Dancing School and the New England Conservatory of Music, took lessons at the Boston Riding Club and was instructed at The School at 6 Marlborough Street." The School at 6 Marlborough Street was a private day school opened by Pauline Shaw (Mrs. Pauline Elizabeth Augusta (Agassiz) Shaw, the wife of mining investor Quincy Adams Shaw) and designed to provide an education to her own children and to the children of families in the neighborhood. It was considered one of the most progressive schools in Boston, co-educational through all the grades and a leader in innovative curricula and methods.

On October 25, 1896, she married Thomas Parks Bradfield in Port Huron, Michigan. They lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, until 1904. Mrs. Bradfield and her two children later settled in Pontiac, Michigan, where she lived until her death in 1954.

In 1896, Elizabeth Virginia Palmer Bradfield studied sculpture at the Académie Julian in Paris, and went on to be an accomplished sculptress. Her work was shown at the Scarab Club in Detroit, in their annual Exhibition of Michigan Artists from 1914-1933. In 1914, the Scarab Club honored her sculpture "Myra" with their first presentation of the annual Scarab Hopkin Prize for Sculpture.

Mrs. Bradfield was a member of the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors (founded in 1903 as the Detroit Society for Women Painters; the "and Sculptors" was added in 1930).

Her obituary:
MRS. ELIZABETH PALMER BRADFIELD
“Services for Mrs. Bradfield, a member of the Mayflower Society and a 40-year resident of Pontiac, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the family home, 223 W. Huron, Pontiac. Mrs. Bradfield, 78, died in her home Thursday. A member of the National Society of Colonial Dames, Mrs. Bradfield attended Quincy Hall School, Boston, and studied sculpture at Julien Academy, Paris. A former resident of Grand Rapids, she is survived by two children, Mrs. Harold Lee Ward of Pontiac, and Thomas Palmer Bradfield, of San Francisco. Three granddaughters also survive.”

Source: Publication: “Detroit Free Press,” Detroit, Saturday, May 29, 1954, pg. 14.


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  • Created by: Ray Henry
  • Added: 31 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63541262
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Virginia Palmer Bradfield (5 Nov 1875–27 May 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63541262, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Ray Henry (contributor 46815070) .