Georgia Whitman Mitcham

The Bennington Museum
The Bennington Museum

Time Period

1820-1860

Subject Categories

Arts

Notable Facts

Artist known for her anatomically correct sculptures of animals in motion, particularly horses. Work has been exhibited locally and throughout the United States.

Personal Information

Primary Residence

Bridport

Historical Significance

Georgia Whitman Mitcham is an artist known for her anatomically correct sculptures of animals in motion, particularly horses. Her work has been exhibited locally and throughout the United States.

Georgia Mitcham spent her early childhood in Bedford Village outside of New York City. She showed a talent for art and studied at the Slade School of Art of the University of London and then in New York with Naum Los, Professor of Anatomy at the British Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy. She used the anatomical knowledge she gained to portray animals, particularly horses, in motion. Mitcham worked at the Museum of Natural History in New York studying dinosaurs and created a bas-relief of forty-eight dinosaurs and several life-size heads, which is a part of the permanent collection of the museum. She originally created sculptures out of wood, stone and bronze, but found that plastic aluminum is the best material for her work. Her sculptures have been showcased in New York, Boston, Connecticut, Virginia and locally in Vermont. The Peel Art Gallery in Danby, the Chaffee Gallery in Rutland, and Gallery 2 in Woodstock have all displayed Mitcham's work in the past. One of her pieces, The Lesson, is in the State House in Montpelier, and another, The Way of the Stallion, is in the Bennington Museum.

Occupations

  • Artist/ Sculptor
  • Museum of Natural History in New York

Education

  • Slade School of Art of the University of London

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Oberg, Jane and Virginia Brown. "Georgia Whitman Mitcham." In Those Indomitable Vermont Women. Williston, VT: The Vermont State Division of the American Association of University Women, 2006.