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Ann Spencer Pratt

 (1913 - 1972)
Ann Spencer Pratt was active/lived in New York, Ontario, Maine / Canada.  Ann Pratt is known for genre, streetscene, figure and portrait painting.

Ann Spencer Pratt

Biography from the Archives of askART

Ann Spencer Pratt was a diverse artist and draughtsman who produced many graphite drawings portraying people and places that she saw as she traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East. She also spent much of her career as a teacher.

Many of her drawings depict views or segments that she observed from a sketching trip in the 1930s. She was awarded a prize in 1937( Kociuszko Fund) in the form of a traveling scholarship, and this gave Spencer the opportunity to study the landscape, architecture and people of foreign places.

Among her subjects are pictorial records of Mideastern bazaars, heavily populated streets with Arabs going about their business, hillside European towns, and picturesque scenes of Munich and Paris.

Ann Spencer Pratt painted with oils, and some of her landscapes were Tonalist in style. Her portrait and figure works reflect a command of technique that enabled her to establish her subjects in space and atmosphere.

She was very prolific. One portfolio of her work done in the 1940s was fashion drawings, many of them rich in color and activity. Her fashion work is typical of the stylized high fashion of the 1940s.

Ann Spencer Hunt was born in Ontario, Canada, January 30, 1914. She studied at the National Academy of Design with J Farnsworth and continued her studies at Sarah Lawrence College. In 1938 she exhibited at Kohn Gallery New York City. Her work was represented at Universal Plastic Corporation New York City.

She was listed as a WPA artist in 1947.

Submitted January 2004 by Jim Kieley, Woodbury Ct.

Daniel Mallett, Index of Artists
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Biography from the Archives of askART
In her youth, her best friend was Lenna Glackens, the daughter of the renowned oil painter William J. Glackens — a connection which gave her early exposure and connections to the New York art world. Also, her parents had her portrait painted when she was an adolescent girl. She was very impressed by the artist’s work, and this instilled in her the goal of becoming a painter herself.

Submitted by Sam Pratt based on an interview with Lawrence S. Pratt, son of the artist

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About  Ann Spencer Pratt

Born:  1913 - Toronto, Canada
Died:   1972 - Litchfield, Connecticut
Known for:  genre, streetscene, figure and portrait painting