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U. S. Women Painters:

1893 Chicago World's Fair and Exposition


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This Page:
Mary Herrick Ross
Emily Sartain
Emily Maria Spaford Scott
Jeannette Scott
Sarah C. Sears
Amanda Brewster Sewell
Annie B. Shepley
Rosina Sherwood
Alice Barber Stephens



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Mary (Paxton Herrick) Ross (1856 - 1935)



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Sunlit Poppies--
representative work.

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Point Lobos Pines
c. 1915-1925--
representative work.


A Rose (image unavailable)--
exhibited in the California
State Building, 1893 Exposition



Born in San Francisco, Mary H. Ross began her art studies under her father, but later became the first pupil to enroll in the San Francisco School of Design when it opened in 1874.  She was known for her still life and floral paintings.  Ross was her married name.




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Emily Sartain (1841 - 1927)


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[Untitled]--
representative work.



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Portrait of a Young Girl--
representative work.

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Portrait of a Young Girl--
representative work.


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The Reproof--
representative work.


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Welcome News c. 1890 (engraving)
(A young wife, holding a letter from her husband in the Civil
War, consults a map of the U.S. as her parents look on.)
--
exhibited in Pennsylvania Building, 1893 Exposition.


Marie and In the Twilight 1893 (images unavailable)
--exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Emily Sartain and her seven brothers were the fourth generation of engravers in this Philadelphia family. She studied first with her engraver-father (John Sartain) and then at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and in Paris under Evariste Luminais.  In 1871-2, she and Mary Cassatt traveled to Italy together to study art. Sartain became well-known for her later engravings and by the 1880s was also principal at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women which she developed into a highly respected School of Commercial and Fine Arts. Sartain was one of the few women chosen to judge art at the 1893 World Fair.



Biography of Sartain family



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Emily Maria Spaford Scott (1832 - 1915)


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Still Life with Plums--
exhibited in the
Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition

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Still Life--
representative work.


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Still Life with Roses c. 1890--
representative work.




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Still Life with Lemons--
representative work.


Roses and Still Life and White Rose and
Summer Roses (images unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition


Cherries (image unavailable)--exhibited in the
Rotunda, Women's Building, 1893 Exposition;
Carnations and Petunias (images unavailable)--
exhibited in the Connecticut Room, Women's
Building, 1893 Exposition



Emily Maria Spaford Scott grew up in New York where she studied at the Art Students League.  She also studied at the National Academy of Design and in Europe for two years.  While married to a lawyer (Scott), she lived in Iowa, but returned to New York when she was widowed.




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Jeannette Scott (1864 - 1937)


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Blue Teacup--
representative work

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Portrait of a Young Lady--
representative work.


Hollyhocks (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace,
1893 Exposition



Jeannette Scott was born in Ontario, but moved to the U.S. as a child.  Forbidden by her father to study art, Jeannette  hardly waited for his funeral to end before enrolling in the Philadelphia School of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She studied under Emily Sartain, while her sisters headed off immediately for medical and academic studies. Jeannette also studied in Paris at the Académie Julian and the Académie Colarossi with Gustave Courtois, Joseph Blanc, and Alphonse Mucha.  Returning to New York, she became professor of painting at Syracuse University, later becoming head of the painting department.  Due to her insistence, her female students were allowed to take life classes which included male models (in gym shorts, of course).




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Sarah (Choate) Sears (1858 - 1935)


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Flowers--
representative work

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Romola (or here)--exhibited
at 1893 Exposition.


Portrait and A Spanish Girl (images unavailable)
--exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition



Born into a prominent Boston family, Sarah C. Sears was educated at home and later studied art with Boston impressionist Ross Sterling Turner, the famous John Singer Sargent, and others and at the Cowles Art School in Boston.  She painted portraits and still-lifes, later taking up photography. As a wealthy Boston patron of the arts, Sears financed Prendergast's travels to Italy, promoted post-impressionists like Cezanne, and collected paintings by her friend Mary Cassatt.  Her image has been immortalized in John Singer Sargent's brilliant portrait titled Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears.  She won a medal at the 1893 Exposition. Her painting "Romola" is based on George Eliot's novel by the same name.

(NOTE: Several online sources, citing my webpages, claim incorrectly that "Romola" is "Ramona" and that the painting "Romola" is the same as "A Spanish Girl"--which is actually a different painting also exhibited at the Exposition.)




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(Lydia) Amanda Brewster Sewell (1859 - 1926)


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Self-portrait--representative work.


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Bacchanal--representative work.


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Sappho 1891--oil exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


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A Sylvan Festival--oil exhibited in  Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition


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An Arcadian Melody [or The Pleasures of the Past] 1890--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



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Mother and Son 1889--exhibited
in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.

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Portrait of Florida
Scott-Maxwell
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representative work.



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By the River--exhibited in the
Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


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Washing Place in the Gatinais
1886 [my scan]--exhibited
in the Fine Arts Palace,
1893 Exposition.


Portrait of Mrs. Boudinot Keith c. 1888 (image unavailable)
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


Arcadia 1893--go to Mural page
Mural exhibited in Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.



New York artist, Amanda Brewster Sewell studied art in New York at the Art Students League with William Merritt Chase and William Sartain and in France with William Bouguereau at the Académie Julian, as well as with Carolus-Duran. Her paintings were often on Arcadian and classical themes and won medals at the 1893 World Fair and at other exhibitions.  She was married to mural painter Robert Van Vorst Sewell.




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Annie Barrows Shepley (Omori) (1856 - 1941)




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Portrait of a Young Woman--
representative work.


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Portrait of Artist's Neice
[Rosamund Sargeant]

--representative work.


Work and Play (image unavailable)--exhibited in
Rotunda, Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.


The Wonderful Story (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


Annie B. Shepley studied art in New York under H. Siddons Mowbray and under Lucien Simon and Jules Lefebvre at the Académie Julian in Paris. Becoming known as a portait painter and illustrator of children's books, she set up studios in New York and, later, in Connecticut. After her marriage to Hyozo Omori, she lived for many years in Japan where she translated the Japapanese classic book "Lady Murasaki" into English. For her heroic service during the 1922 earthquake, she was decorated by the Japanese government.




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Rosina Emmet Sherwood (1854 - 1948)



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Woodland House--
representative work.

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Girl Reading--
representative work.



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A Woman Seated
upon a Haystack

--representative work.

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Septembers--
representative work.



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The Black Cuchrade 1892--This
may be The Black Cockade
(misspelled?) which was
exhibited in  the Fine Arts
Palace, 1893 Exposition.

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Portrait of Anna Marguerite
Achelis
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representative work.



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Portrait--exhibited in
the Women's Building,
1893 Exposition.

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Portrait--exhibited in
the Women's Building,
1893 Exposition.



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Anon Comes April in her
Jollity
1892 (Harper's
Magazine
illustration)--
exhibited in the Women's
Building, 1893 Exposition.


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Cinderella--exhibited
in the Women's Building,
1893 Exposition.


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Title unknown--This may be
Sleeping Child which was exhibited
in the Connecticut Room, Women's
Building, 1893 Exposition, as was
another painting called Portrait.


Three watercolors--September; In the Orchard;
Sunlight in the Orchard; and View in
Central Park
(images unavailable)--exhibited
in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


The Republic Welcomes her Daughters 1893--
go to Wall Mural Page--exhibited in
Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.


Rosina Emmet Sherwood was born into a well-known New York family which included many artists, such as her sister Lydia Field Emmet, her cousin Ellen Emmet Rand, and others. She studied art with William Merritt Chase in New York and with Tony Robert-Fleury at the Académie Julian in Paris.  After her marriage, she gave up commissioned portraits while raising (and painting) five children, but due to financial problems, she began painting for money again around 1900. Her son Robert would become a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.




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Winnaretta Eugenie Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac (1865 - 1943)


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Self-Portrait--representative work.


Spring Study (image unavailable)--exhibited
 in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


Heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune,Winnaretta E. Singer or "Win" was the 20th of 24 children of Isaac Singer and his first and second wives.  Born in New York, Winnaretta and her family lived most of their lives in Paris and England.  A number of the family achieved celebrity in several different areas; Winnaretta herself was married to two different princes (non-sexual arrangements) while carrying on regular and publically-known lesbian love affairs with a number of prominent and artistic women, including married women.  Her musical talents were sometimes featured at her famed musical salons which introduced the avant-garde works of a number of famous contemporary composers, and writers like Marcel Proust regularly frequented her salons.  She also engaged in significant social works, especially during World War I.  Little information on her painting career is available online, but she was an accomplished painter who exhibited in the Académie des Beaux-Arts.




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Mary (Magdalene) Solari (1849 - 1929)



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Self-Portrait--
representative work.

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The Cardinal 1880--
representative work.


Beggars in Sympathy (image unavailable)--
exhibited in the Board Room,
Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.


Courtyard Il Bargello, Italy and
Campanile of Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
(images unavailable)--exhibited in
the Women's Building, 1893 Exposition.



Mary Solari was an Italian-American artist born in Calvari, near Genoa, Italy but raised in Memphis, Tennessee. As a young woman, she returned to Florence, Italy to study art, but all the academies were closed to women. She studied with Casioli, while she lobbied vigorously for a number of years for women to be admitted to the Italian government schools. In 1885 she was finally accepted into the Academy of Florence. Back in Memphis for the rest of her life, she was active as an artist, advocating for a city art museum and for art education in the public schools, and as a community prison and hospital reformer. She gave most of her art collection to the Christian Brothers University in Memphis.




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Alice Barber Stephens (1858 - 1932)


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Christmas on Fifth Avenue--representative work.


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Spring Morning in the Park--representative work


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Female Life Class c. 1879 --
commissioned by Pennsylvania Academy
while Stephens was there studying art.



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Pan-Pacific International
Exhibition
1915--
representative work.

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Pennsylvania Railroad Station
--light-filled effect suggests the
Rainy Day Effect in Philadelphia
c. 1890 which was exhibited in
Fine Arts Palace,
1893 Exposition.


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In the Open Air--
representative work.

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A Philadelphia Quakeress
--exhibited in the Fine Arts
Palace, 1893 Exposition.




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In the Meeting--exhibited in
Women's Building,
1893 Exposition.

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Their Perfume Flooded the
House
1892-- exhibited
in the Fine Arts Palace,
1893 Exposition.


Harvesting in the Meadow and Music
(images unavailable)-- exhibited in
Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Alice Barber Stephens was a painter and engraver, as well as a well-known illustrator for major magazines such as Scribner's Monthly and Harper's Weekly.  Born into a Quaker family in New Jersey, she received her training at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins, and at the Académie Julian in Paris.  She had many commissions for illustrations of books by major authors such as Longfellow, George Eliot, and Hawthorne. In later years she taught at the School of Design for Women.  She married artist Charles Stephens.


The Germania Orchestra at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1891

Illustrations for Sarah Orne Jewett's "An Everyday Girl"

Illustrations for Diane Mulok's John Halifax, Gentleman

Illustration for Hamlin Garland's A Son of the Middle Border

The Nursery 1898 (ad based on Stephen's painting)

Woman Giving Little Boy Piano Lesson




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Text written by K. L. Nichols


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Bashkirtseff, In the Studio (1881).


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Posted: 6-25-02; Updated: 08-29-16