Edith McCartney DC artistEthan Brent
I inherited a spectacular oil pastel portrait she did of my own mother, Margaret Elizabeth Shaw, her sister and my great aunt, Lucy Helen Fowler, co-founder of Kenliworth Aquatic Gardens National Park in far NE, DC, across the Western Branch of the Anacostia River from the National Arboretum. Since L. Helen Fowler ran a prosperous national trade in waterlilies and lotus, both as fresh cut blooms and plant tubers, she could afford to commission these portraits. Also, family legend says she studied at the Concoran School of Art to learn how to illustrate her own full-color annual catalogs of waterlilies. Examples survive in the small visitor's center museum at the park off of I-295.
If I knew how to send you the photo of mom's portrait with those radiantly beautiful true-to-life eyes that proud resides in my entrance hall, I would. J. E. Brent, Lancaster Co. , VA
Grandaughter of Edith McCartneyTobey Elizabeth Jossis
Edith McCartney Tobey was my grandmother. I have several of her painting, as does my sister, who is an artist too. We have all of our grandmothers memorailbilia and know of wonderful stories about her and her paintings.
Artist, Edith McCartneyDouglas McKay Kerr
My parents commissioned portraits of myself and my sister by Edith McCartney (1897-1981) D.C. artist in the early 40's. Does any one know of any collections of her work? Her married name was Mrs. Edward Sprogue Tobey. Thank you.