Jessie Marie Hamilton

female 1864-1960
20th Century
Life city:
Fort Wayne, IN
Work city:
Fort Wayne, IN
C. Beaux
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Jessie Hamilton was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1864, a member of one of the towns wealthiest and most prominent families. She studied at the Fort Wayne School of Art from 1888 to 1893, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1898 to 1900. While in school, Jessie took classes with J. Ottis Adams, William Forsyth, and Cecilia Beaux. Jessie focused on portraits in pastel, landscapes in watercolor, as well as etchings. She participated in group exhibitions in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Richmond, IN. Her work was also shown as part of the traveling Society of Western Artists Annual Exhibition. In addition to being an accomplished artist in her own right, Jessie was the older sister of artist Agnes Hamilton and the cousin of artist Norah Hamilton. Early in her career, Jessie played a key role in founding the second Fort Wayne School of Art, where she also taught from 1893 to 1898. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Source: Skirting the Issue, by Newton and Weiss

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