American Fine Art Magazine - - Editor’s Letter -

Main Street, Glouces­ter by Feli­cie Waldo How­ell (1897-1968)

Oil On can­vas, 30 3/4 x 40 3/8 inches, signed and dated lower left: FELI­CIE WALDO HOW­ELL 1918 -

Feli­cie Waldo How­ell stud­ied at the Cor­co­ran Art School and the Philadel­phia School of De­sign for Women, and was so ac­com­plished at a young age that, in 1917, she was asked to lead the sum­mer paint­ing class at what is now the Par­sons School of De­sign. In 1919, she was in­vited to join The Group, a suc­cess­ful co­terie of women pain­ters in­clud­ing El­iz­a­beth Went­worth Roberts, Laura Coombs Hills, and Jane Peter­son, among oth­ers. How­ell was the youngest artist in The Group by 21 years. As early as 1915, How­ell par­tic­i­pated in shows at the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago, the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of the Fine Arts and the Na­tional Academy of De­sign. She also took part in the an­nu­als of the Cor- coran Gallery of Art, sub­mit­ting Main Street, Glouces­ter in 1919. The cap­tured era is fas­ci­nat­ing, with the trio of horse and buggy, early mo­tor­car and trol­ley all shar­ing the same bustling street. The Cor­co­ran pur­chased the paint­ing for their per­ma­nent col­lec­tion dur­ing the show. How­ell earned many ac­co­lades dur­ing her ca­reer, in­clud­ing sev­eral in 1921 alone: the Na­tional Academy's Sec­ond Hall­gar­ten Prize, the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago's Pe­abody Prize, and a sil­ver medal from the So­ci­ety of Wash­ing­ton Artists. To­day ex­am­ples of her work can be found in the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art and at the Mu­seum of Fine Arts, Bos­ton.

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