Anna Coleman Ladd letters American Red Cross Studio for Portrait-Masks File, 1919-1925
About the Project
Sculptor Anna Coleman Ladd (1878-1939) was born in Philadelphia, raised in Paris, and active as a society artist in Boston. Her career as a sculptor centered on portraits and neoclassical allegorical figures, but she is best remembered for her work during World War I. After moving back to Paris in 1917, Ladd founded the American Red Cross Studio for Portrait Masks, where she and assistants created thin, hand-painted prosthetic masks to help soldiers physically, psychologically, and socially adapt to life with severe facial injuries. The French government honored Ladd as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1932.