Lydia Fabian

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  • Lydia
  • Dunham
  • L. Dunham Fabian Lydia Dunham Smith
  • Fabian
  • Ernst Fabian; married 1914/1915
  • Lincoln Smith (?-1900)  m. 1889 in Toledo, Ohio; 1895 became employed as traveling salesman with the Emery, Bird, Thayer & Company, a department store out of Kansas City, Missouri
  • March 22, 1857
  • Charlotte, Michigan
  • May 25, 1947
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Caucasian
  • 1880: census lists her as 23 years of age, living with parents in Spring Township, PA

    1889-1995: Toledo, Ohio [listed in city directories as portrait painter]

    1895-?: Eureka and Wichita, Kansas

    1915: 3916 Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

    1934: 3510 Lake Park Ave., Chicago, Illinois
  • circa 1910: Chicago studio 114 Auditorium Building, Chicago, Illinois
  • Gouache, Muralist, Painter, Watercolorist
  • circa 1875-?: Art Students League, New York, New York
    January 1897-September 1898: enrolled in School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois in the Antique Class; student of John H. Vanderpoel (watercolor), Charles Francis Browne, Pauline Dohn, J. Buckley, Martha Baker, Louis Wilson
    Student of Ossip Linde, Chicago, Illinois
    Student of Henry Hensche, Cape Cod School,
    Student of Isabel Ross
    Student of Ellen Baker        prominent in Parisian art circles at the time
    Studied with Lucie Honiss, Pisa, Italy
  • to Europe before 1880

    early 1900s, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    summers 1910s: Pox-Bow Summer School of Painting, Saugatuck, Michigan
  • Array
  • January 29-February 24, 1907: Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: House, Pinner, England, watercolor

    November 24, 1917-?, 1918: Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    summer 1918: Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico [solo]

    1921: Chicago No-Jury

    1922: Chicago No-Jury

    August 1923: Newcomb, Macklin and Company, Chicago, Illinois ["34 recent oil paintings"]

    1939: Navy Pier

    1940: Navy Pier

    January 16-February 14, 2014: Beautiful Things: Still Life Paintings by American Women, 1880-1940, Riethmiller Blackman Art Building, Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan

    March 7-22, 2014: Beautiful Things: Still Life Paintings by American Women, 1880-1940, Manistee Art Institute, Manistee, Michigan
  • Santa Fe Railroad
  • Santa Fe Society of Arts
  • Honorable Mention: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1904-1912: Teacher at North-Western College (now North Central College), Naperville, Illinois
  • Parents:  Alonzo (?-1890) and Julian Ann (Temple) Dunham, married 1851; he maintained a tanning business in Wayland, MI

    1875, about when she graduated high school, the family moved to Spring Township, PA

    Siblings:  two sisters

    Mrs. Fabian’s reference in the 1930 Who’s Who in American Art states that she studied at the Art Students League. Yet, according to an article from the North Central College Archives where she began teaching in 1904, the New York Metropolitan Art School was listed in her referencesl.