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 Rose Kingsley  (1844 - 1925)

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Lived/Active: Colorado      Known for: landscape sketches, western scene

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Source: Brush and Pencil by Gilbert Mc MClurg (Date not noted)

Rose Kingsley was our First Colorado Springs Resident maker of sketches.

Monte Rosa was named after the first woman to ascend it, Rose Kingsley, daughter of the Rev. Charles Kingsley, Canon of Westminster, and author of noble "Hypatia," historic "Hereward," "Westward Ho" and lovable "Water Babies" with its lyric treasures. Miss Kingsley came to Colorado Springs in October 1871, the first year after its founding, following her brother Maurice, who was assistant treasurer of the Fountain Colony. Thru that bitterly cold winter, the sister and her brother resided in a flimsy board shanty, and Miss Kingsley relates that she swept her room, made her bed and learned to become her own laundress "rubbing the skin off my knuckles with the rubbers (washboard) and burning my hands with the irons."

It is well known that Canon Kingsley was interested in natural history and it was not strange that his daughter led in the formation of the Fountain Colony Club of natural sciences, whose membership included Gen. and Mrs. Palmer (founders of Colorado Springs), Dr. and Mrs. W A Bell, the Nettletons, Potters, Mellens, De Courseys and others. It was a movement for uplift and antagonistic to evil influences then found in Colorado City. Miss Kingsley wrote a book entitled, "South and West," which was published in London in 1874, relating many of her experiences in Colorado Springs during the winter of 1871 and during the following spring in New Mexico. The book was edited by her father, who wrote its preface.

Rose Kingsley's book was illustrated with engravings on wood, after sketches of local scenes were drawn with her own hand. These were the first pencil sketches by an author, resident, though temporarily in Colorado Springs. Her drawings crudely represented her shanty here; prairie dogs, a prairie ranch, a mule team refusing to cross a trestle, Indian with papoose, Pike's Peak, Monument Rocks, Queens Canon in Glen Eyrie and Mexican women making tortillas. The book antedated the establishment of the first local newspaper, "Out West" to be edited by Mr. Liller.

Excerpt Submitted by: Katherine Tozier
An early woman artist in Colorado, she produced some sketches when she visited Colorado Springs in the winter of 1871-72. She later wrote of her experiences.

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