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Katherine Lane Weems
(American, 1899 -1989 )

Katherine Ward Lane Weems studied art under Charles Grafly at the Boston Museum School. Among her mentors were John Singer Sargent and Anna Hyatt Huntington who both had studios nearby. The sculptor, Anna Hyatt (Huntington) became an inspiration to her and was to introduce her to the leading figures at the National Sculpture Society.

Weems, also known as Katherine Lane ,worked in a distinctive style of abstracted forms in which the essential character of her subjects remained. She studied art under the supervision of Charles Grafly at the Boston Museum School and counted among her mentors, John Singer Sargent and Anna Hyatt Huntington who both had studios nearby.

Among her most important commissions was the facade of the Harvard University Biological Laboratory. She created a long running frieze of some 30 animals across the top story of the building, installing three bronze doors, and two larger than life sculptures of Rhinos on the front steps. She married in 1947 but continued to exhibit under her maiden name of Lane.

Lane became known for her small animal bronzes and in1965 a permanent gallery was established at the Boston Museum of Science to show her small animal bronzes and drawings. She is represented in the collections by a plaque with a bas-relief of a Dachshund.


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