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 Caroline L Ormes Ransom  (1838 - 1910)

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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/Ohio      Known for: portrait, landscape, genre

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Caroline Ransom was born in Newark, Ohio and died in Washington, D.C. She was primarily a portraitist, but that was thrust upon her by necessity, as she definitely had higher aspirations. She went to New York City to study landscape with Asher B. Durand who told her that her "talents were better suited to portraiture" (my paraphrase).

Some of her subjects were Alexander Hamilton (in the office of the Secretary of the Treasury), James Garfield, Gen. George Thomas (a large equestrian portrait that was in the Capitol, but has been lost), and others. Her works are in many federal buildings, Lawnfield (the Garfield home in Mentor, Ohio), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, Shandy Hill in Harpersfield, Ohio, and the Capital of New Hampshire, etc.

Written and submitted June 2002 by Marianne Berger Woods, who is also working on a project to document pre 1950 women muralists of the U.S.
A graduate of the Grand River Institute in Austinburg, OH in 1845/46 , Caroline Ransom was also an art teacher there about 1849. She did additional study in Sandusky, Ohio beginng 1858 and then in 1861, set up a studio in Cleveland from which she did portrait painting and earned a reputation as the most prominent portraitist of that city. Her painting of Ohio Senator Joshua Gidding is in the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC.

In 1875, she moved to Washington DC and there became a portraitist and portrait copyist of many notable political figures including Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Garfield.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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