Norah Giddings Purcell was born in New York on March 13, 1874. By way of the Orient, Norah Purcell came to California in 1880 and settled in San Gabriel on her father's ranch, Las Tunis. She studied in Los Angeles at the ASL under J. Bond Francisco and in San Francisco with L. P. Latimer. Working in oil and watercolor, she produced scenes of the U.S. and Europe as well as portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. She painted in and around San Gabriel until at least 1909.
Her pencil drawings often appeared in Harper's Bazaar and other national magazines. Sometime before WWI she wed James Gittings of Baltimore and made her home there until her demise in may of 1966.
Exh: Ruskin Art Club (LA), 1904-05; Blanchard Gallery (LA
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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