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Friday, August 12, 2011

Anna Whelan Betts (1875-1952) - Artist and Illustrator

Today I was going through my favourite Artists and Illustrators and I found my folder on Anna Whelan Betts works. Anna trained under the noted illustrator Howard Pyle and these pictures are the only body of work that I could find on Anna on the net. I became entranced with Anna's work whilst looking through some old magazines on line and decided to find out as much as I could about the artist. I don't believe in re-inventing the wheel so have taken the below information from the Wikipedia which is an amazing site that I often use and whole heartedly support. 

Anna Whelan Betts (1875–1952) was an American illustrator and art teacher who was noted for her paintings of Victorian women in romantic settings. Betts is considered one of the primary artists of the golden age of American illustration during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[1]

Betts was born on May 15, 1875 in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, the oldest of three children of the physician Thomas Betts and Alice Whelan.[2][3] Her sister, Ethel, would also become an artist. Betts studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia with Robert Vonnoh. After graduating, she moved to Paris where she was tutored by the French painter Courtois. Upon returning to the United States, she studied illustration under Howard Pyle, founder of the Brandywine School. Betts's first published illustration was for Collier's magazine in 1899. Her work later appeared in many of the popular magazines of the early 1900s including Century MagazineHarper'sThe Ladies’ Home Journal, and St. Nicholas Magazine. Her book illustrations appeared for the first time in 1904 in Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd's Nancy’s Country Christmas. Betts was honored as a fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy and won several medals including a bronze medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915) in San Francisco.[4]
After her eyesight began failing in 1925, Betts was advised to retire from illustration. She joined the faculty of the small private boys' school,Solebury School, where she worked as an administrator, hostess and art teacher. In 1944, Betts retired from teaching and moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania, to live with her sister Ethel.

1 comment:

  1. such lovely work!! thanks for introducing me to Anna Whelan Betts...it's been my pleasure!!!!