African-American sculptor and teacher
On reverse: "William H. Prophet". Inscribed by Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960). The original spelling of the family's last name is cited to have been "Proffitt". (Leininger-Miller, "New" 17) William H. Proffitt (1857- 1950/51) is the father of Nancy E. Prophet (1890-1960). Believed to be of Narragansett tribal ancestry, he was born in 1857* in South Scituate, Rhode Island. (Leninger-Miller, "African" 35) He committed suicide in either 1950 or 1951. (Kirschenbaum, 49) *An April 23rd 1945 Providence Journal article reviewing a Providence Public Library exhibition of her work noted his age as "88" years old. (Providence Journal, 11)
Photographs; Humanities and Social Sciences
(1) Leininger-Miller, Theresa. "African-American Artists in Paris, 1922-1934". Volume One: Text. May, 1995. Yale university Dissertation. Print. Sourced at Adam P. Library, Rhode Island College. (2) Leininger-Miller, Theresa A. "New Negro Artists in Paris: African American Painters and Sculptors in the City of Light : 1922-1934". New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2001. Print. (3) Kirschenbaum, Blossom S. "Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Sculptor." Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women, Vol. IV, No.1, Spring 1987, pp.45-51. (4) "View's Daughter's Work at Library." Providence Journal [Providence, RI], 23, April. 1945, p. 11.
Prophet, Nancy Elizabeth, "'William H. Prophet' Seated" (1940). Nancy Elizabeth Prophet Collection. 1.
Prophet, Nancy Elizabeth, 1890-1960; African American artists; Native American artists; Women artists.