Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 18, 1867, Frances was raised in an artistic milieu since her father ran the Lauderbach Academy of Art in Philadelphia. She moved to southern California in 1886 and settled in Pasadena where she further studied at the Stickney School. She was active on Santa Catalina Island in 1904 and in the Los Angeles art scene during the 1920s and 1930s. For 40 years she taught in the public schools of Los Angeles.
A Quaker, she never married and led a very spartan life with no utilities in her home except for running water. She cooked on a kerosene stove, read by kerosene lamps, and heated her home with a fireplace until her death in Pasadena on January 21, 1960. Working
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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