Ruth Henshaw Miles Bascom
(1772 - 1848)
Ruth Henshaw Miles Bascom was active/lived in Massachusetts. Ruth Bascom is known for naive mixed-media profile portrait, stitchery, pastel portrait painting.
Henshaw Bascom was born in Leicester, Massachusetts. Her life and
career as a portraitist are exceptionally well documented, owing to the
existence of the journal she kept from 1789 through 1846, in which she
recorded more than one-thousand likenesses.
After the death of
her first husband in 1805, the artist married the Reverend Ezekiel
Bascom and settled in Gerry (now Phillipston), Massachusetts, where she
was a teacher, church record keeper, librarian, hat maker, and artist.
In 1821 the Bascoms moved to Ashby, Massachusetts, and by 1828 Ruth was
producing about forty portraits a year, working in Ashby, Cambridge
Port, Boston, and Athol, Massachusetts.
After Reverend Bascom's failing
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