Elizabeth Babcock, born in Keokuk, Iowa on July 19, 1887, was a student at the Cincinnati Art Academy under Frank Duveneck and William Merritt Chase. She polished off her training in Paris and Fontainebleau and at the Art Students League in New York. Babcock was both a painter and an illustrator who contributed to Scribner’s and Harper’s. In addition, she executed murals in private homes, clubs, and hospitals. Babcock exhibited The Elopement (1925), The Birth of Venus (1929), and Montigny-sur-Loing and Château de Nemours (1934) at Salons of America and a painting titled Romance with the Society of Independent Artists in 1928. Babcock drew with a fully loaded brush, used a typical impressionist’s palette, painted purple shadows, and sought out picturesque, plein air subject matter such as the spirited port scene Higgins Wharf. Babcock was active until about 1960.
Ness, Zenobia B. and Louise Orwig, Iowa Artists of the First Hundred Years. Wallace-Homestead Co., 1939, p. 20; Petteys, Chris, Dictionary of Women Artists. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1985, p. 33.
Submitted by Richard H. Love and Michael Preston Worley, Ph.D.