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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: expressionist landscape painting

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Biography from Wolf's Fine Art:
Bessie Wall was born Sarah Elizabeth Wall on October 13, 1872 in Woods Run, Allegheny County Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Alfred S. Wall, the Pittsburgh painter, and was one of five children along with Sarah Virginia, Robert Carr, Alfred Bryan (Bessie painted similar subjects as her brother Alfred), and Helen Myers.  In 1858, Robert and Helen got diphtheria and Robert survived but lost his hearing.  She was the niece of William Coventry Wall.
Bessie, along with her brother Alfred Bryan, was taught painting by their father and accompanied him and her uncle to Scalp Level, PA, a popular destination for Pittsburgh painters of the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Ahead of her time, her works are expressionist in nature and are characterized by fast brush strokes with a freedom of hand.  She is best known for her landscapes which sometimes included domestic animals and usually worked with oils.
As the sole surviving daughter, Bessie was responsible for the care of her parents while her brother Alfred Bryan moved to Philadelphia to set up a studio.  On March 4, 1933 she finally married her childhood sweetheart, William Jamison, after the death of his first wife.  It is said in the family that William Jamison had very good taste in jewelry.  Bessie died on November 1,  1937.

Biography by: Jackie Heinl (developed with the help of Barbara Wall Haven, the great grand niece).

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