Sylvia Shaw Judson

Sylvia Shaw Judson

Sylvia Shaw Judson (1897 – 1978), also known as Sylvia Shaw Haskins, was an American sculptor and teacher.

Early life and education

Shaw was born in 1897 in Lake Forest, Illinois, near Chicago, the daughter of prominent Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. She attended the Westover School in Connecticut. In 1917, she married Clay Judson (1892-1960), a Chicago lawyer. She studied with Albin Polasek at the Art Institute of Chicago and went to Paris in 1920 to continue her studies under Antoine Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière.

culptor and teacher

She won the Logan Prize in 1929 for her sculpture "Little Gardener". She authored "The Quiet Eye: A Way of Looking at Pictures" and "For Gardens and Other Places, The Sculpture of Sylvia Shaw Judson" and taught sculpture at the American University in Cairo in 1963. As an adult, she joined the Religious Society of Friends and became an active participant in the church. She later married Sidney Haskins, later of Philadelphia.

Judson had work exhibited at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina; the White House, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the National Academy of Design, New York City. In 1926, she was awarded an honorable mention at the Chicago Art Club.



*"Bird Girl", 1936, bronze (used on the cover of the 1994 novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil")
*"Mary Dyer", 1959, bronze, Boston Common, Boston; Race Street Friends Meetinghouse, Philadelphia []
* [ "Rain Tree Fountain"] , on display at the Sterling Morton Library, Lisle, Illinois
* [ "Girl With Baby On Shoulder"] , Lake Forest, Illinois
* [ "Girl with a Squirrel"] , Kosciuszko Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (stolen in 1975)
*"Apple Tree Children", 1967, bronze and wood, Lake Forest Children's Library, Lake Forest, Illinois
*"The Spirit of Electricity", Chicago
*"Blessed Virgin and Christ Child", 1947, granite, Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Lake Forest, Illinois
* [ "The Ballerina"] , 1958, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois
* [ "Birds on Eggs"] , 1959, cast aluminum, Chicago Botanic Garden
* [ "Mermaid"] , 1920, bronze, Chicago Botanic Garden
* [ "Naughty Faun"] , 1921, Bedford stone, Chicago Botanic Garden
* [ "Title & Date Unknown"] , Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois


*"The Quiet Eye: A Way of Looking at Pictures", 1982 Regnery Publishing, ISBN 0895266385
*"For Gardens and Other Places, The Sculpture of Sylvia Shaw Judson"
*Illustrations for "Songs of a Baby's Day, To the Tune of The Very Gentle Jog". By Frances Shaw (mother), 1928

Further reading

*Sandra L. Underwood, "The "Bird Girl", The Story of a Sculpture by Sylvia Shaw Judson", Schiffer Publishing, Limited, Atglen, PA, June 2006, ISBN 0764323709

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