The Mystery of Cecilia Beaux and an unidentified woman at Green Alley, circa 1910

Sepia photograph of two women standing otuside of a house, wearring long dresses. The woman on the left, Cecilia Beaux, is wearing a hat.
Cecilia Beaux and an unidentified woman at Green Alley, circa 1910. Photographer unknown. Cecilia Beaux papers, 1863-1968.


What: The two women are going on a stroll outside

Where: Green Alley, Cecilia Beaux's summer home in Gloucester, Massachusetts

When: circa 1910

Who: Cecilia Beaux (left) and unidentified woman (right)

Help us solve the mystery: Who is the woman on the right enjoying the outdoors with Cecilia Beaux?

More about the People and the Place:

Cecilia Beaux trained in the studio of Catherine A. Drinker, an artist and a cousin of her uncle Will Biddle. From 1881-1883 she attended life classes directed by William Sartain, who traveled to Philadelphia from New York to give criticisms. She also counted the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts master Thomas Eakins among her early influences, though she did not receive direct instruction from him.

By 1905, Beaux was living and working primarily in New York during the winter, and at "Green Alley," a home she built in Gloucester, MA, in the summer. She was introduced to Gloucester by friend and Harvard economist A. Piatt Andrew, and entertained a steady stream of intellectual, literary, and artistic friends such as Isabella Stewart Gardner, William James, and Thornton Oakley.

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