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Wickes (Ethel May) Papers
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A collection of professional and personal material related to the California artist Ethel May Wickes.
Ethel May Wickes (1872-1940), earlier known as Ethel Marian Wickes, was an artist known for her watercolor paintings of California wildflowers. Wickes began to paint at the age of seventeen, studying in Paris under several prominent artists, and had her first exhibition the next year at the William Morris Gallery in New York. Early in her career she created a successful genre picture entitled "Goose Shepherd;" it became so popular she continued to paint pictures of geese. In 1914 she began painting California wildflowers, which she tried to render both aesthetically pleasing as well as botanically accurate. She was the president of the California Spring Blossom and Wild Flower Association and her work was displayed in several prominent galleries and universities across the country.
2.75 Linear Feet (1 box, 2 oversize folders)
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