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Kathryn Leighton

Full name: Kathryn Woodman Leighton
Other name(s): Anna-Tar-Kee
Gender: Female
Born: March 17, 1876 in Plainfield, New Hampshire, United States
Died: July 1, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Art Competitions

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Biography

American Kathryn Leighton was a celebrated Indian portrait and landscape painter. She attended Kimball Union Academy and graduated in 1900 from the Massachusetts Normal Art School. The same year, she married attorney Edward Leighton, and then studied in Paris and Wien (Vienna). Doing floral still lifes and landscapes, she repeatedly depicted her favorite subject, which was the desert in bloom. She especially painted big-screen scenes of glaciers, which resulted from trips to Glacier National Park beginning in 1923.

In 1918, Leighton started to paint American Indian portraits, many of them signed by the sitter, and this endeavor brought her international recognition. In 1926, she was introduced to the Blackfeet Indians, who adopted her into their tribe under her Indian name Anna-Tar-Kee, after she had spent several summers with them, painting portraits of the old chiefs and other prominent members of the tribe. She also painted the Sioux and Cherokee in Oklahoma and did other Indian portraits from her studio in Los Angeles. These portraits, totaling about 700, remained a valuable, lasting historical record of their customs, clothing and lore.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 56 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 56 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1932 Summer 56 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC The Cherokee Athlete
1932 Summer 56 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC A Sure Shot
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