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Edith Lavina Sowersby

 (1875 - 1959)
Edith Lavina Sowersby was active/lived in California, Michigan / Canada.  Edith Sowersby is known for landscape, florals and seascape painting, photography.

Edith Lavina Sowersby

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Sowersby, Edith Lavina   (1875-1959)

Born Troy, Michigan.  Died Huntington Beach, California.

1880 Census Troy, Michigan. Parents: John Russell and Lavina (Butler) Sowersby.  Father farmer.

1894 Ithaca High School Graduates Motto: “Not finished, but begun.”

1900 Census Ithaca, Michigan.  Occupation: Saleslady.
“Miss Edith Sowersby goes to the State Normal at Kalamazoo this week for a six weeks’ term of school.”         
St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, Michigan) 26 June, 1915.

1917-21 Watertown, New York City Directory. 

1920 Census Watertown, New York.  Occupation: Photographer, studio.

1920 Census Oakland, California.  Occupation: Saleswoman, photography.

1924 Los Angeles, California City Directory.

1926 Long Beach, California City Directory.

1930 Census Oakland, California.  Listed as Saleswoman, photography.

1931-32 Long Beach, California City Directory. 
“Landscapes and flowers, painted by Edith Sowersby, are at the Assistance League.  They show real feeling for nature and sympathy with the ideals and methods of such well-known painters as J.W. Smith and Puthuff.  The finest piece shown is probably “Tujunga Canyon,” portrayed in a beautiful soft light of spring.”  The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) 29 July, 1934.
Art Gallery in Hollywood Reopens Today.

The art gallery in the Hollywood Public library will be reopened after three years this afternoon with a special exhibition and reception.  Women Painters of the West are in charge.   The gallery has been redecorated and refinished during the past few weeks by a committee including Evylena Nunn Miller, Edith Sowersby...”
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) 12 May, 1936.

1940 Census San Antonio, California.  Lives with sister.  No occupation.
April-May Art Exhibition Is Opened At Laguna Beach.
Long Beach.  Fifty-three canvases, oils and water colors, make up the April-May exhibition of the Laguna Beach Art association which opened here today at the galleries on Cliff Drive.   Following is the official catalogue list of exhibitors and the subjects of their respective entries:  Leonard Scheu, “The Wooden Bridge”; Aaron Kilpatrick, The Leaning Sycamore”; Edith Sowersby, “Surf”; …”
Santa Ana Register (Santa Ana, California) 04 April, 1940.

1946 Huntington Park, California City Directory.  Artist
New Center Opened for Southland Artists.
East Los Angeles.  The formal opening of headquarters of the Southland Art Association at Poppy Trail galleries today attracted more than 300 persons.   Two hundred paintings by member artists were exhibited.  Artists participating were Paul Lauritz, Edward E. Chiapella, president of the California Art Club, Edith Sowersby,…”
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) 22 June, 1947.

Information from Census Records,

Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher and Historian, Greenville, Michigan.

Biography from the Archives of askART
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Born in Michigan on March 4, 1875 of Canadian parents, Edith Sowersby moved to Los Angeles in 1921 and settled in Huntington Park. Locally she studied with Jack W. Smith, Nell Walker Warner, and Hanson Puthuff.

She died in Huntington Beach, CA on Dec. 9, 1959.

Her work includes landscapes, florals, and seascapes.

Asssistance League (LA), 1934
Women Painters of the West (LA), 1935

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Death record.

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About  Edith Lavina Sowersby

Born:  1875 - Troy, Michigan
Died:   1959 - Huntington Beach, California
Known for:  landscape, florals and seascape painting, photography