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|Miss Sarah Ellen Blackwell (1828-1901) born in Bristol, England to
Samuel and Hannah Lane Blackwell. The family arrived in America when
she was the age of four. Sarah was home-schooled by her older
sisters in Cincinnati, Ohio.|
Blackwell studied in Philadelphia
at the new School of Design at nineteen. She won a literary contest for
a story and decided to further her literary and art careers in
Europe. She did this by securing weekly engagement letters from
two leading Philadelphia papers providing four years of art opportunity
for her in Europe. In Paris she joined the government girls
school for design and studied with Rosa Bonheur and Julie Peyrol.
She painted in the London National Gallery. Her studies in London were
with John Ruskin and the Leigh Studio, and she did sketching "plein
air" that summer in Wales, Switzerland, and the Isle of Wight.
returned to New York and opened her studio teaching drawing and
painting. She later abandoned her art career to assist her
sisters, the Doctors Blackwell, working with the New York Infirmary of
Women and Children in the medical college established by them.
When her responsibilities lightened she returned to her painting and
She authored A Military Genius" Life of Anna Ella Carroll, the Great Unrecognized Member of Lincoln's Cabinet printed in 1891.
spent her summers on a farm at Martha's Vineyard, and wintered in New
York City or Washington DC, creating many paintings throughout her life.
Additional information on the Blackwell Family is at the Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute. The finding aid is located on-line
and the information contains diaries, photographs and four generations
of Blackwell family papers.
Written and submitted March 2004 by Janet G. Smith, art historian, art consultant and art authenticator.
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