Fra (pronounced "fray") Dana (b. 1874), later Mrs. Edwin Velazquez, was a student of Joseph Henry Sharp in Cincinnati, before enrolling under William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League in New York. Dana took further instruction in Paris under Mary Cassatt and Alfred Maurer. According to Erika Doss (in Trenton, 1995, p. 218), Dana made her husband sign a prenuptial agreement that would permit her to spend a part of each year to study art in New York and in Paris. From her diary we learn that Mrs. Velazquez was unhappy tending to her duties on the ranch (including the spaying of heifers), and she longed for the more refined joys of New York and Paris: "Beauty of any kind is a thing held cheap out her
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