Cornelia Fassett

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  • Cornelia
  • Adele
  • Strong
  • Fassett
  • Samuel Montague Fassett (Chicago, Illinois May 11, 1825-August 2, 1910 Washington, D.C.); from Ashtabula, Ohio, living in Beloit, Wisconsin at time of wedding; artist and photographer; came to Chicago in 1854 from New York; married August 26, 1851; opened the Fine Arts Gallery on Wabash Avenue in Chicago as his studio, she showed her works in the window; worked for government during the Civil War; Mary Todd Lincoln thought his photograph of Abe Lincoln was the “best likeness she had seen of her husband;”  in D.C. he was official photographer to the Supervising Architect of the US Treasury
  • Walter (?-before 1880) Wallis Flora Fassett Hodge (1858-1925); lived in Washington, D.C. Montague Fassett (1862-1920); lived in New York, New York Raphael Fassett (1863-1915); lived in Chicago, Illinois Adele Fassett Pearce (1868-1922); married Myron A. Pearce, lived in San Antonio, Texas Clara Fassett Delano (1872-1940); married W.W. Delano, lived in Washington, D.C. Violet ; possibly married Arthur Cristadoro, lived in New York, New York
  • November 9, 1831
  • Owasco, New York
  • January 4, 1898
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 1839-1851: Jefferson, Ohio

    1852; New York, New York

    1855-1875: Chicago, Illinois; lived in Hyde Park, bought “Charles Botsford House” in 1863 at 5714 S. Madison Street at Dorchester Ave.; built 1860

    1875-1898: Washington, D.C.

    1888: exhibit catalog lists her in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1855-1875: Chicago, Illinois

    1875-1898: Washington, D.C.
  • 1875: 925 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. over Metzerott’s Music Store
  • Miniaturist, Painter-Oil, Photographer, Watercolorist
  • possibly student of Mary Fuller in Ashtabula County, Ohio prior to marriage
    1852: studied watercolor miniatures with  J.B. Wandesforde in New York, New York
    1852-1955: 3 years in Paris and Rome; student of Giuseppe Castiglione, Georges de La Tour and Gabriel Mathieu
  • 1852-1855: Paris and Rome

    1866-1867: Europe, including the Paris International Exposition in 1867
  • Array
  • 1863: Ladies’ Northwestern Fair, Chicago, Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, 1860, pastel or watercolor

    1868: Chicago Academy of Design, Crosby's Opera House, Chicago, Illinois: Montague Fassett; Mr. C.A. Spring; Miss Kitty Spring; Innocence; Neal Fassett, oil on canvas

    1873: 2nd annual Chicago Inter-State Industrial Exhibition: some crayon drawings; Portrait of Mrs. A. E. Small

    1875: Chicago Inter-State Industrial Exhibition

    Washington, D.C. Art Club

    1876: Philadelphia Centennial; group portrait of Supreme Court justices or Portrait of Chief Justice Morrison Wait

    1879: Decorative and Fine Art, National Fair Association, Washington, D.C.: Head of Moscovite Zingana; Portrait of Mr. Justice Miller

    May 28-June 30, 1888: First Annual Exhibition Exhibition of American Oil Paintings, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: A Fair Woman, Study from Life

    1893:  World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois: still life, watercolor; study of U.S. Grant
  • Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois

    National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    New-York Historical Society, New York, New York

    Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C.

    US Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.

    United States Senate, Washington, D.C.

    Universalist National Memorial Church, Washington, D.C
  • Bullington, Judy. “Cornelia Adèle Fassett’s Portrait of Martha J. Lamb,” Woman’s Art Journal. vol. 23, no. 2 (Autumn 2002-Winter 2003), pp. 3-9. Schultz, Rima Lunin and Adele Hast, eds. Women Building Chicago, 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. Indiana University Press, 2001. Henkes, Robert. Portraits of Famous American Women: An Analysis of Various Artists’ Renderings of 13 Admirable Figures, McFarland, 1997. Rubenstein, Charlotte Streifer. American Women Artists from Early times to the Present. Avon Books, 1896. United States Senate Catalogue of Graphic Arts, Government Printing Office. n.d. Woods, Marianne Berger, “Fassett, Cornelia Adele Strong,’ in Women Building Chicago, 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. eds. Rima Schultz and Adele Hast. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001. Yarnall, James L. and William H. Gerdts, Index to American Art Exhibition Catalogues, vol. 2, 1986 -- lists exhibitions she entered prior to 1876
  • 1874: elected to Associate Membership of the Chicago Academy of Design

    Washington Art Club (among its first elected members)

    Washington Literary Society
  • touched up and tinted her husband’s photographs
  • page on Wikipedia

    information about the artist and her Electoral Commission painting
  • Parents:  Captain Walter Madison Strong (Mamakating, New York January 12, 1796-1861; hotel keeper) and Sarah Scott Devoe Strong (Wawarsing, New York March 20, 1793-1875)

    Siblings:  Elijah Devoe Strong (1819-1900)

    Melvina Amanda Strong Stratton (1821-1843)

    Walter Day Otis Kellog Strong (1823-1905)

    Sarah Elizabeth Strong Shattuck (1825-1898)

    Edwin Thomas Strong (1827-1900)

    Nancy Jane Strong Hervey (1834-1907)

    Isaac Madison Strong

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    at the time of her death by a sudden heart attack, she had a commission to paint ivory miniatures of the presidents’ wives for an exhibition in Washington, D.C.