Friday, October 5, 2012

Americans Busy at Women's Work by Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones 1885-1968

. Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American painter, 1885-1968) In Rittenhouse Square 1905


Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American painter, 1885-1968) Shop Girls 1912


Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American painter, 1885-1968) Rittenhouse Square


Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, (American, 1885-1968), Shoe Shop, c 1911


Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American painter, 1885-1968) The Porch 1907 Detail


Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American painter, 1885-1968) The Bride


Portrait of Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, c 1910. Artist Alice Kent Stoddard (American painter, 1885-1976)


 Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American painter, 1885-1968), the daughter of a mentally unstable minister & a strict, overbearing mother, rose quickly in the art world because of her vivid, energy-filled paintings — until a breakdown resulted in her being admitted to an insane asylum. The Baltimore native, who lived most of her life in Philadelphia, would go on to achieve more success as a painter after her release from the asylum. "She came back in the 1940s and had a huge second career,” her biographer Marylander Barbara Lehman-Smith asserts. “She came back after her breakdown, but it really changed her style.”


Photo of Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American painter, 1885-1968)


See 1964 Smithsonian interview with the artist Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American painter, 1885-1968).
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