Helen Ann Hawkins Buteau was born in Vermont on Nov. 4, 1834. By 1869 Helen had married S. A. Buteau and settled in Oakland where her husband was a prominent physician. She ferried daily to San Francisco to study with Virgil Williams at the School of Design. Under his guidance, she became a skilled painter of still lifes and anecdotal genre. Many of her paintings were lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906, making any extant paintings rare. Mrs. Buteau died in Oakland, CA on April 10, 1919. Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1890.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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