Bessie Potter Vonnoh was an American sculptor known for small bronzes and garden fountains. She was among a small, but increasing number of female sculptors of her era. Water Lilies is a very elegant bronze of a young child. Such graceful allegorical figures are typical of her repertoire which were often featured in domestic settings.
Bessie Potter Vonnoh. Water Lilies, 1913. Bronze, 28 ¾ x 7 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches. Gift of Thomas Cornell.