Edna S. Cathell (1867-1955)
Oil on Canvas
24 x 20 inches
Signed lower left
Housed in an antique reproduction frame
This painting appeared in our weekly email on 7/1/16 with the following gallery comments:
Edna Stubbs Cathell was born in Richmond, IN in 1867. She studied under her mother (Emily Stubbs, an artist herself) during her younger years. She graduated from Earlham College in 1888 and travelled to Iowa to study further at the Cumming School of Art. She returned to Richmond and married in 1890 with the family bouncing back to Iowa in 1895. The Cathells eventually returned to Richmond in 1907 where they remained for the rest of her life. She was very active with the Richmond Art Association, the Palette Club and appeared in a handful of Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibitions. Later in her career she found work with the Joseph Hill Company, a Richmond firm that was an early hybridizer of roses. Her work with Hill focused on the exacting reproduction of new varieties for submission to the U.S. Patent Office. Beyond her paid gig, nearly all of her output was floral still lifes with a particular concentration on roses. Today’s painting is right out of that playbook – Roses per stretcher notation, verso (help us out here Edna…!). It’s clearly the type of painting she pursued throughout her whole artistic career. The painting has been cleaned, re-varnished and is in great condition. It’s been re-presented in an antique reproduction frame and it’s ready to hang. A soft and beautiful work from a Richmond rose specialist.
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