Born in Westport, CT on Feb. 1, 1855. The Strong family lived in Hawaii until 1858 when they settled in Oakland, CA. Elizabeth began her art studies in San Francisco at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and, during her two years there, won gold and silver medals for her work. In 1879 she sketched on the Monterey Peninsula while sharing a home with her brother Joseph. Through the sales of her pictures of pets of wealthy patrons she was able to save enough money for a lengthy stay in Paris. During the next eight years there she had further study with animal painter Emil van Marcke. Returning to the U.S., she studied at the ASL of NYC under Wm M. Chase (1892-93) and then returned to Paris where she lived until 1905. While there,
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; American Art Annual
1907-33; Who's Who in American Art
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