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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