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Frank Lemon papers, 1890-1943

Frank Lemon papers, 1890-1943

Lemon, Frank, 1867-1943


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft. (on a partial microfilm reel)

Summary: A letter written by Lemon to his wife Nellie describes his activities in the Washington, D.C., area and the exhibition of his sculpture "Marguerite", and contains a clipping (1898). Two letters signed by J. Pierpont Morgan and one written by Morgan's business secretary concern Lemon's statue "Sea Breeze" (1900 -1902). Other materials include photographs of Lemon (ca. 1890) and his works of art including "Sea Breeze" (1898-1936), four clippings about Lemon's work at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago and his sculptures "Sea Breeze" and "Nemesis" (1892-1914), and Lemon's obituary (1943).

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor. Born in Washington, D.C., Lemon studied drawing at the Corcoran School of Art and worked in the Architect's office in the Treasury Department. Traveling to New York in 1891, he worked for Philip Martiny, and from 1892 to 1893 was sent to Chicago to work on sculptures for the Agricultural Building at the Columbian Exposition. During this time he also assisted Daniel Chester French. Lemon's first exhibition was at the National Sculpture Society and included the work "Marguerite". In 1900, the sculpture "Sea Breeze" was exhibited at the Architectural League and purchased by J. P. Morgan the elder. Lemon later moved to the Seattle, Washington, area where his work was confined primarily to architectural ornament.


Donated by Lemon's daughter, Ella Lemon Ramhorst.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in possession of: Ella Lemon Ramhorst.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4306 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Frank Lemon papers, 1890-1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.