March 21~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Kay Sage (1898-1963), Painter and poet; one of the most prominent women associated with Surrealism in the US

Tomorrow is Never / 1955 / Oil on canvas / 37 7/8”x53 7/8”










María Izquierdo (1902-1955), Painter and writer best known for paintings inspired by Mexican folklore and motifs

Horses Actors / 1940 / Gouache on paper / 16”x22 1/2”

March 20~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), The first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre

Dubonnet / 1914 / Watercolour on canvas / 24”x30”

Amelia Pelaez (1897-1968)
Participant in the vanguardia and the classical phases of Cuban modernism

Marañones (Cashews) / 1939-1940 / Oil on canvas / 24 3/8”x30 1/2”

March 19~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Evelyn Beatrice Longman Batchelder (1874-1954)
First woman sculptor to be elected a full member of the National Academy of Design

Industry (aka The Craftsman) / 1931 / Bronze / A.I. Prince Technical HS, Hartford, CT











Violet Oakley (1874-1961)
First American woman to receive a public mural commission

Mrs. Charles Stewart Wurts IV / 1946 / Charcoal, sanguine, & white chalk on gray paper / 24 3/8”x18 3/8″

March 18~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist

Flammulina Velutipes, or Winter Mushrooms / 1892 / Watercolor / dimensions?










Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954)
American illustrator; first female staff member of Harper’s Weekly

The Journey / Harper’s Monthly Magazine, December 1903 / Oil on canvas / 40”x28”

March 17~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936), Arts & Crafts artist created paintings, embroideries, illuminations, and illustrations

Annunciation (study for mural) / 1900 / Tempera on card / 11”x9”


Nampeyo (c.1859-1942)
One of the most important figures in Native American Pottery

Jar / c.1910 / Ceramic / H-8 1/4” W-14 1/4”

Kate Greenaway: Born on March 17, 1846


K is for Kate…Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway, English artist and book illustrator, was born in London on March 17, 1846. She was the daughter of John Greenaway, a well-known draughtsman and engraver on wood and Elizabeth Catherine Jones, a seamstress and children’s clothing designer. Her early education included life drawing and watercolor painting classes at Heatherleys in Chelsea and at the Slade School of Fine Art. She began to exhibit her drawings and watercolors in 1868 at London’s Dudley Gallery, and her first published illustrations appeared in such magazines as Little Folks.

With her father’s connections in the trade she was able to convince Edmund Evans, a well known color printer, to publish her first collection of poetry and drawings, Under the Window, in 1879. He was able to translate all the charm of Greenaway’s idyllic pastoral scenes to paper through a costly process that involved the photographing of her dainty water colors on to wood blocks. Against expert advice Evans published only 20,000 copies which immediately sold out and a second printing of 70,000 was produced.
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March 17~

Nat King Cole (1919-1965)
art:  William P. Gottlieb Library of Congress







Rudolph Nureyev (1938-1993)
art: Jamie Wyeth
Brandywine River Museum of Art

Pattie Boyd: Born on March 17, 1944


Pattie Boyd was a successful Vogue model in the 60s and 70s. During that time, she met and married both George Harrison and Eric Clapton putting her in the enviable position of being able to take intimate photographs of some of the world’s great musicians who came into their lives. This means that amongst her visual archive she has many unique Polaroid’s and vintage prints never seen before.

Pattie’s passion for photography has developed since that time and through her membership of the Royal Photographic society she has studied the great master photographers of the past as well as printing techniques, enabling her to experiment with her images in new and exciting ways. She now explores many avenues in colour and black and white – landscapes, travel and flowers as well as celebrities and musicians.

Pattie has been awarded an L.R.P.S. for her work.
You can view a slideshow of Pattie Boyd’s photography here:

March 16~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sarah Purser (1848-1943)
Irish painter, stained glass artist, patron, collector, and administrator

Le Petit Déjeuner / 1881 / Oil on canvas / 14”x10.5”


Gertrude Kasebier (1852-1934)
American portrait photographer; one of the founders of the Photo-Secession group

The Sketch / 1903 / Platinum print / 6”x8 1/8”

Anna Atkins: Born March 16, 1799

Anna_Atkins Anna Atkins was born Anna Children in the town of Tonbridge in the English county of Kent. Her mother died soon after she was born and Anna was raised by her father John George Children, who was a chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist. Anna was particularly interested in plant collecting and botany, and in 1823 illustrated her father’s translation of a book on the subject of shells with her own engravings.

Through her father, Atkins knew Sir John Herschel, the inventor of the process known as “cyanotype”. This process, originated in the 1840s, was one of the first non-silver technologies used to create photographic images. It later evolved into the process known by the term “blueprint”, those blue background reproductions of large architectural and mechanical drawings. William Henry Fox Talbot, another acquaintance of the Atkins family, improved upon the chemistry to create what he called the “calotype” and this became the basis for all subsequent negative/positive processes.


Anna Atkins recognized that photographic processes were an excellent method to accurately illustrate scientific studies. She began work on her first book British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions using the cyanotype process, which today is often referred to as sun printing. This was a 12-part privately published series which Atkins worked on from 1843 to 1853. Anna Atkins is considered to be the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images. However, since it was privately published, her mentor Sir John Herschel is the person credited with producing the first commercially published book illustrated with photographs (The Pencil of Nature, 1844).

Atkins followed her series with two other volumes, British and Foreign Ferns and British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns. Atkins collaborated on these books with Anne Austen Dixon, a close childhood friend and incidentally a distant cousin of the novelist Jane Austen. Additionally, Atkins published several other non-botanical volumes, including a memoir of her father.


Atkins died on June 9th, 1871 at age 72. The cause of death was given as “paralysis, rheumatism, and exhaustion”.


“Anna Atkins published the first book with photographs. Here are a few of them.”

“The Cyanotype Process”

The New York Public Library Digital Collections: “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions”