Almira Burnham

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  • Almira
  • Sarah
  • Ives
  • Burnham
  • John Howard Burnham (10/31/1834-1/20/1917); married 1866 born Essex, Massachusetts; a founder of the McLean County Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society and a director Captain  
  • November 2, 1840
  • Yorkville, Illinois
  • December 6, 1932
  • Bloomington, Illinois
  • 1840-1853: Kendall County, Illinois

    1853-1932: Bloomington, Illinois

    circa 1900: 507 E. Mulberry, St., Bloomington, Illinois

    1905-1932: 1321 E. Washington St., Bloomington, Illinois

    many summers in Essex, Massachusetts (husband’s family home)
  • Bloomington, Illoinois
  • 1896: Eddy Building, Bloomington, Illinois later, 507 E. Mulberry St. home, Bloomington, Illinlis 1905-1932: 1321 E. Washington St. home, Bloomington, Illinois
  • China Painter, Miniaturist, Painter-Oil, Watercolorist
  • Chicago, Illinois
    student in Bloomington, Illinois of Albert W. Kinney of Elgin, Illinois (died 1889)
    student of Francois de Blois (1829-1913) in Boston, Massachusetts
    student of Daniel Folger Bigelow (1823-1910) in Chicago, Illinois
  • California and Massachusetts

    she accompanied her cousin, opera singer Maria Litta, on one of her European performance tours

    traveled with husband to Paris twice
  • Array
  • 1892: Illinois State Fair, Peoria, Illinois

    1896:  her studio, Bloomington, Illinois [solo]

    May 1898: YMCA rooms, Bloomington, Illinoi

    1987: For the Front Parlor: the paintings of Mrs A.S. Burnham, McLean Country Historical Society, Bloomington, Illinois

    2013: Skirting Convention: Illinois Women Artists, 1840-1940, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois

    Bloomington Art Association, Bloomington, Illinois
  • McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington, Illinois; Pink and White Roses, circa 1905, oil; 29.5 x 41”
  • Kemp, Bill. “Painter Burnham embodied refinded society of Victorian era” The Pantagraph, Sept. 12, 2010, B3
  • Bloomington Art Association; founding member in 1888

    Daughters of the American Revolution

    Withers Public Library, Bloomington, Illinois; founder
  • teacher
  • see essay by Tona Schneck on this site

    parents: Almon Bingham Ives (1816-1887) and Sarah T. Ervin Ives (1815-1854)

    cousin of opera singer Maria Litta