Emily Clayton Bishop enrolled at the Maryland Institute of Art at sixteen. She also attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she became one of William Merritt Chase’s most promising students. Chase was so impressed with her work that he showed it to his students in New York City. Bishop was well traveled, having received two scholarships to study in England, Holland, Italy, and Greece during the summers. She died at age twenty-eight of an undiagnosed illness. After her death, several of her sculptures were shown at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.