Frances Benjamin Johnston

Frances Benjamin Johnston

Photpgrapher Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) was one of the first female press photographers in the U.S. and an official White House photographer for the Harrison, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft presidential administrations.
Frances Benjamin Johnston
Eccentric artist

Frances Benjamin Johnston

She photographed events such as world's fairs and peace-treaty signings. Johnston took the last portrait of U.S. President William McKinley just before he was assassinated. With her life partner, Mattie Edwards Hewitt, a successful home and garden photographer, Johnston opened a studio in New York in 1913.
Frances Benjamin Johnston
Feminist

Frances Benjamin Johnston

Hewitt wrote Johnston love letters over the course of their relationship, which are chronicled in The Woman Behind the Lens: The Life and Work of Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1864–1952.
Frances Benjamin Johnston
*Bio source: Wikipedia

Romaine Brooks

Romaine Brooks

Romaine Brooks (May 1, 1874 – December 7, 1970) was an American painter who worked mostly in Paris and Capri. According to her memoir, when she was seven, her mother fostered her to a poor family living in a New York City tenement, then disappeared and stopped making the agreed-upon payments. The family continued to care for Beatrice, although they sank further into poverty. She did not tell them where her grandfather lived for fear of being returned to her mother. After the foster family located her grandfather on their own, he arranged to send Beatrice to study abroad.
Romaine Brooks
Realist

Romaine Brooks

Her subjects ranged from anonymous models to titled aristocrats. She is best known for her images of women in androgynous or masculine dress, including her self-portrait of 1923, which is her most widely reproduced work.
Romaine Brooks
Androgynous

Romaine Brooks

Brooks had an unhappy childhood after her alcoholic father abandoned the family; her mother was emotionally abusive and her brother mentally ill. By her own account, her childhood cast a shadow over her whole life. She spent several years in Italy and France as a poor art student, then inherited a fortune upon her mother's death in 1902. Wealth gave her the freedom to choose her own subjects.
Romaine Brooks
Feminist

Romaine Brooks

Brooks was born in Rome, the youngest of three children of wealthy Americans Ella (Waterman) Goddard and Major Henry Goddard. Her maternal grandfather was the multi-millionaire Isaac S. Waterman, Jr. Her parents divorced when she was small, and her father abandoned the family. Beatrice was raised in New York by her unstable mother, who abused her emotionally while doting on her mentally ill brother, St. Mar.
Romaine Brooks
*Bio source: Smithsonian Art Museum

Dame Laura Knight

Dame Laura Knight

Dame Laura Knight was progressive beyond her time, using her artistic talent to challenge the outdated treatment of female artists... Knight single-handedly changed the landscape of the British art world, making it more inclusive as well as driving new reformative attitudes to working females, thereby contributing to the broader emancipation movement.
Dame Laura Knight
Female artist

Dame Laura Knight

In 1913, Knight painted the revolutionary painting, Self Portrait with Nude. This subversive self-portrait was the first instance in the history of art of a painting depicting a female artist engaging in the practice of life drawing. This historically significant painting challenged the widespread barring of female students from life drawing classes. The work proved too daring for the Royal Academy, who rejected it.
Dame Laura Knight
Subversive

Dame Laura Knight

In her long career, Knight was among the most successful and popular painters in Britain. Her success in the male-dominated British art establishment paved the way for greater status and recognition for women artists. Knight, a war artist during the Second World War, was greatly interested in, and inspired by, marginalized communities and individuals, including gypsies and circus performers.
Dame Laura Knight
*Bio source: Wikipedia

xxx Artist

Virginia Frances Sterrett

Virginia Frances Sterrett was and early 20th Century artist and illustrator in the Art Nouveau tradition.
She was born in Chicago in 1900. Very introverted as a child, she preferred drawing to social interaction with her peers. When her father died, she moved with her family to Missouri where she won several awards in the Kansas State Fair (c. 1913).

Virginia Frances Sterrett
Tragic artist

Virginia Frances Sterrett

Sterrett returned to Chicago with her family in 1915 where she entered high school with intentions of persuing a career in art which she continued into the Chicago Institute of Art. However, a decline in her mother's health forced her to drop out so that she could support her family working at several ad agencies.
 In 1919 Sterrett got her her first commission: Comtesse du Ségur's Old French Fairytales. She also experienced the first signs of the tuberculosis that would follow her for the remainder of her all too short life. She recieved $750 (around $11,000 now).
Virginia Frances Sterrett
Romantic

Virginia Frances Sterrett

Plagued by failing health, Sterrett moved once more with her family to California hoping that the warmer climate would give some improvement to her condition. However, her health continued to worsen and she was moved to a sanitorium wherein she completed her work on The Arabian Nights over three years.

Virginia Frances Sterrett
*Bio source: PDR Review/Wikipedia

Virginia Frances Sterrett

For a brief period at the end of the 20s, her health improved an she was able to leave the sanitorium and display her work, but it didn't last and after a sudden worsening of her condition she died on June 8, 1931 at the age of 30, leaving her final commission for Myths and Legends incomplete.
Virginia Frances Sterrett
Talented illustrator
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