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 Ann Sophia (Towne) Darrah  (1819 - 1881)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Pennsylvania      Known for: landscape, marine, and still life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ann Sophia Towne Darrah had a long career as an artist that included the creation of pastel portraits, landscapes, and marine views.  Born in Philadelphia, Sophia Towne Darrah was the daughter of John Towne.  Her father endowed the Towne Scientific School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1876, and was also a prominent collector of modern art, and so young Sophia grew up surrounded by paintings.

Sophia loved music and played the harp, but in 1845, when she married Robert K. Darrah of Boston, her interest in music shifted to painting.  In 1849, she became a pupil of the painter Paul Weber.  She also traveled to Europe to further study the art of the great masters.  Interested above all in painting landscapes and seascapes, Darrah was a proponent of plein-air painting.  She was one of the many artists who painted in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and her Mount Washington is an example of her work there.

Darrah exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum from 1855 to 1864 and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1856 to 1863.  In 1858 she took part in the Bierstadt Exhibition in New Bedford.  In 1867 Darrah moved to Boston where she exhibited at the 1879 Contemporary Art Exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Sixty oils and 202 watercolors and charcoals were exhibited at a memorial exhibition of her work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1882.

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