Born in Le Havre, France on April 20, 1846. Schoenmakers immigrated to New Orleans with her mother in 1849. At age six she crossed the Isthmus of Panama astride a donkey and sailed for San Francisco. A self-taught artist, she painted several portraits of family and friends as well as porcelain plates. In 1879 she married Charley Swanberg, a wealthy Swede, and remained in San Francisco until her demise on March 12, 1932.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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