Waring, Leila and May Collection


Waring, Leila and May Collection


Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
Women artists
South Carolina--Charleston
Miniature painting


Leila Waring (1876-1964) was an acclaimed miniature portrait artist. She was born in Charleston to a well-off family and was descended from the miniaturist, Edward Greene Malbone. Ms. Waring studied both at the Gibbes Art Gallery School in Charleston and at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1902, she exhibited at the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters before returning home to Charleston.
Ms. Waring’s studio was located at 2 Atlantic Street, behind the house that she shared with her sister May, who was a court stenographer. Her studio was in close proximity to the studios of fellow Charleston women artists: Alice Smith, Elizabeth Verner and Anna Taylor. This created a kind of artist district and allowed them to open their studios as galleries as well as simply to welcome visitors.
Ms. Waring amassed quite a following in Charleston and beyond and her account book records 210 clients. Examples of her work can be seen at the Gibbes Museum of Art here in Charleston.


Waring, Leila, 1876-1964
Waring, May




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Collection Items

"Coquettes and Cadets" Drawings and Poems, 1894
"Coquettes and Cadets" is a book of drawings and poems by sisters Leila and May Waring. Leila provided the drawings and May wrote the poems. The book is composed of three poems: The Cadet Girl, The Cadet and the Cushions and The Little Cadet with…
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