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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