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 Laurette (L.L. Francis) Lovell  (1867 - 1936)



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Lived/Active: Arizona/California      Known for: desert landscape and Indian painting, pottery making

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Lorette Lovell arrived in Tucson with her family from California at the age of thirteen. The budding artist responded positively to the vastness of the landscape and the richness of the desert flora, as well as the romantic Spanish missions, Papago women and Apache warriors. However, she was particularly inspired by the ollas, or clay pots, crafted by the Tohono O'odham people, and began to decorate them with intricate scenes of ancient ruins and missions, Native American figures, and detailed desert scenery.

Although her unique works attracted immediate attention in and around the Tucson area--she even taught her technique to local students--National recognition of her efforts didn't come until 1887, when one of her ollas was presented to General Nelson A. Miles as a reward for his part in the surrender of the Apache warrior Geronimo. The large vessel featured four separate Native American vignettes painted from photographic images provided by well-known "Wild West" photographer Camillus S. Fly. The piece was enshrined at the Haye Foundation Museum in New York and eventually gifted to the U.S. Military Academy Museum at West Point where Miles graduated.

In 1891, Ms. Lovell was appointed Lady Manager from the Territory of Arizona for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Exposition prominently featured a heretofore unheard of Women's Pavilion, which housed examples of women's artwork from around the world. The exposition not only proved to be a major advancement for the recognition of women as fine artists, but served as a springboard for their advancement in social, business and political arenas as well. Suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony said that the event did more for the woman's movement than the previous twenty-five years of agitating.

Over time, Ms. Lovell's own artwork expanded to include more traditional paintings on canvas, as well as designs on fine china and even wallpaper. Following her marriage to Will Francis in 1895, she settled in Los Angeles where she remained until her death on February 26, 1936.

Her works can be found on public display at the Heritage House Museum in Riverside, CA and the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson. Author Resource:-

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Arriving in Tucson, Arizona from California at the age of thirteen with her family, Laurette Lovell became very active there as an artist in the 1880s.  She painted the desert landscape, the Spanish mission architecture, the Papago women, and the Apache warriors and was also a china painter and potter.

In 1893, she was appointed Lady Manager from the Territory of Arizona for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  This Exposition had a Women's Pavilion that housed examples of women's artwork from around the world.

She married Will Francis, and they settled in Los Angeles where she remained until her death on February 26, 1936.  Some of her works are signed L.L. Francis.

Phil and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, Women Artists of the American West
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Carolyn C. Robbins, "A Century of Arizona Women Artists", American Art Review, February 2001, p. 185

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