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 Henrietta Elizabeth Bromwell  (1859 - 1946)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Illinois      Known for: landscape and mountain view painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Painter Henrietta Elizabeth Bromwell was born in 1859 in Charleston, Illinois. She moved, in 1870, to Colorado with her father and brother, her mother and sister having died in 1865. Bromwell was an early graduate of Wolff Hall, a girls' school in Denver, the city with which she would thereafter be identified.

Though she listed herself as an artist into the 1930s in city directories of Denver, she seems to have had multiple responsibilities and interests that may have taken her away from a complete dedication to painting. In addition, she was a woman, with the limitations placed on women in that era. Substantial time was no doubt spent caring for her father until his death in 1903. And, she was a writer and researcher, interested in her family genealogy and, understandably, women's suffrage, actively participating in groups like the Territorial Daughters of Colorado; Colorado Equal Suffrage Association; the Baltimore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and the Maryland Historical Society. Bromwell illustrated several articles she wrote in 1893 for the Coloradan; and she published The Bromwell Genealogy in 1910.

In another of her civic duties, she was instrumental in the creation of the Denver Art Museum, having been one of the organizers of its precursor, the Artist's Club of Denver, in December 1893, where she exhibited until early in the new century.

Henrietta Bromwell drew and painted, in oil and watercolor, the landscape of Colorado, and views resulting from painting trips to Mexico, New Mexico and Nebraska. She painted Pike's Peak in Colorado; street scenes in Santa Fe, New Mexico; market scenes in Juarez, Mexico; and landscapes near the Missouri River.

Active as an exhibiting artist for little more than a decade, from the early 1890s to around 1905, Bromwell, in keeping with her feminist interests, showed with the short-lived Le Brun Club, in Denver, a group of women artists. She also exhibited on a national level at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia Art Club, Pennsylvania; American Watercolor Society, New York City; and at expositions like the Great American Exposition, Omaha, Nebraska; and the Trans-America and International Exposition, also in Omaha.

Bromwell's work is in the collections of the Western History Department of the Denver Public Library; and the Colorado Historical Society, in Denver.

Henrietta Elizabeth Bromwell died in Denver on January 8, 1946.

Source:
Phil and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "Women Artists of the American West"


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