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Elizabeth Nourse sketchbooks and scrapbooks, 1880-1932

Nourse, Elizabeth, b. 1859 d. 1938
Active in Paris, France

Collection size: 10 v. (on 2 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: 8 sketchbooks; and 2 scrapbooks containing photographs, sketches, printed material and biographical information. REEL 2709: 2 scrapbooks, 1880-1932, containing photographs of Nourse, her art work and her studio; biographical information; letters and postcards; clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements; sketches and prints; and lists of paintings. REEL 2758: Eight sketchbooks containing charcoal, chalk and watercolor sketches, titled as follows: "1885-1886/ Cincinnati/ Mt. Nebo-Tennessee/ Mountains"; "1887 Enroute to Paris/ Steamer/ Antwerp/ Paris/ Villa des Dames"; "1888 May - October/ Paris and Barbizon"; "1888-1889 December - May/ Russia"; "1889 - Paris/ Lille/ Auvers/ Etaples/ Le Portel/ 1890 - Italy"; "1890. Italy/ Florence/ 1891 - Borst - Austria and Nurenburg"; "1897 St. Leger-en-Yvelines, 1896 St. Leger, 1897-1899"; and "1909 Paris/ Alsace-Lorraine/ Oberelsass."

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Paris, France. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Studied at the Cincinnati School of Design and the Academie Julian. Member: Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1901, Paris American Women's Art Association, and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Received a medal at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.

Sketchbooks on reel 2758 and scrapbook on reel 2709, fr. 171-410 lent for microfilming by Patricia Niehoff, 1983, through the national Museum of American Art, who exhibited them in a Nourse exhibit. Scrapbook on reel 2709, fr. 3-165, lent for microfilming by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thomas, 1983, through Mary Alice Burke, guest curator for the exhibition.

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