Born in Alturas, CA on June 25, 1885, a descendant of Robert E. Lee. Elizabeth Fitzhugh first worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and then was editor of a magazine called Bohemia. After her marriage to Dr. Phillip Rahtjen in 1918, she moved to Pasadena and lived there until his death in 1924. A wealthy widow, she then moved to France and opened a health studio in Paris. With war approaching, she returned to San Francisco in 1940 and lived there until her demise on July 16, 1965. Exh: Calif. Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915-16; San Francisco Art Association, 1916; Paris Salon, 1940.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
1917; Death record; SF Chronicle, 7-19-1965 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here