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Artist:
Edward McCartan, 16 Aug 1879 - 20 Sep 1947  Search this
Sitter:
Helen Wills Moody, 6 Oct 1905 - 1 Jan 1998  Search this
Medium:
Terra cotta
Dimensions:
With Base: 42.5 x 16.5 x 21cm (16 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/4")
Base: 14.9 x 15.2cm (5 7/8 x 6")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1936
Exhibition Label:
Born Centerville, California
Playing with a steely determination that earned her the nickname “Little Miss Poker Face,” tennis great Helen Wills Moody became the first American woman to achieve international fame as an athlete. Only seventeen when she won her first American singles championship in 1923, Moody dominated women’s tennis for more than a decade and elevated the sport to a new competitive level with her hard-hitting style of play. Between 1927 and 1933 she won 180 consecutive matches without dropping so much as a single set, and by the time she retired in 1938, Moody had collected thirty-one Grand Slam tennis titles.
Provenance:
(Allison Gallery); purchased NPG 1999
Topic:
Helen Wills Moody: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Helen Wills Moody: Female  Search this
Helen Wills Moody: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Tennis  Search this
Helen Wills Moody: Literature\Writer\Sports writer  Search this
Helen Wills Moody: Olympic medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.99.3
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
Champions
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 341 Mezzanine
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm492e8ebf2-770f-4c2c-9a74-4ed86e4de1d2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.99.3