|Biography from Newman Galleries:|
|Working in pastel and oil, Elizabeth Washington was a renowned painter
of portraits and landscapes. Born in 1871, in Siegfried's Bridge,
Pennsylvania, Washington was the great-grandniece of the first
President of the United States. As such, she was a member of the
Colonial Dames of America and the Magna Carta Dames, but her true
devotion was to art. |
Washington studied at the Philadelphia
Museum School of Industrial Art (now the Philadelphia College of Art)
and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Hugh
Breckenridge and Fred Wagner. She exhibited at the Academy
throughout her lifetime; there she was awarded the Toppan Prize (1913);
the Cresson Traveling Fellowship (1912); and the Mary L. Smith Prize
Washington also exhibited widely across the
country including what is now the Springfield Museum, Utah (1927); the
Corcoran Gallery (1916, 1923); the Carnegie Institute (1920-1922); the
City Art Museum of St. Louis; the National Academy of Design (1930);
the Woodmere Art Museum (1941-1945); the Philadelphia Art Alliance; and
the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In 1949, Newman Galleries of Philadelphia held a retrospective of her work.
was a member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, North Shore Art
Association, Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters, the Plastic
Club, and the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Washington was nationally known for her miniatures and portraits, but
it is her landscapes that most clearly express her delight in the world
around her. Each work of art is a masterpiece of color, design, and
mood, reflecting her deep commitment to her chosen field.
She died in 1953 at the age of 81, leaving a rich artistic legacy.
|Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:|
|ELIZABETH FISHER WASHINGTON (1872-1953)|
Elizabeth Fisher Washington is an artist most recognized for landscapes of her native state of Pennsylvania. Born in the small town of Siegfried's Bridge, near Bethlehem, she pursued a career in art and attended the Philadelphia Museum School (now the Philadelphia College of Art) and also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Fred Wagner and the modernist, Hugh Henry Breckenridge. In addition to landscape painting, she executed portraits and became skilled in working in miniature and in pastel.
Largely involved with Philadelphia organizations, she frequently exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, garnering awards there in 1912, 1913, 1917, and 1934. Washington was a member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters. A great-great grandniece of America's first president, she was also a member of the Colonial Dames of American and the Magna Carta Dames. Washington exhibited her work at various institutions, including the National Academy of Design, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Carnegie Institute. She also exhibited in the major 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, which was held in San Francisco in celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal and featured the work of artists from around the world.
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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915