Francesca Esther Frances (Fanny) Alexander
(1837 - 1917)
Francesca Esther Frances (Fanny) Alexander was active/lived in Massachusetts / Italy. Francesca Alexander is known for peasant genre painting, botanic studies, book illustration.
Biography Francesca Esther Frances (Fanny) Alexander
Alexander, "Francesca", also known as Ester Frances
Alexander, of Boston, was known for her kind deeds, her "sensitive"
drawings of the people and landscape of Italy, especially the peasants
whose folk songs she recorded and who became subjects of her
poetry. She was discovered by John Ruskin, prominent English
artist and writer who was associated with the Aesthetic Movement in
Europe. He purchased 122 drawings from Alexander and referred to
her as his "Sorella" and to her mother as his "Mammina".
She lived most of her life in Italy with her expatriate parents,
Francis Alexander and Lucia Gray Swett Alexander. Her father was
a self-taught portrait painter, and her mother was a domineering w
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