Pauline Little

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  • Pauline
  • Graff
  • Little
  • John Lee Little, Jr. (?-1938); from Virginia (possibly descended from Robert E. Lee) member of the National Bank & Investment Company married about 1932
  • Evanston, Illinois
  • Evanston, Illinois

    1925-1926: Paris, France, with Florence Noyes in home of a Spaniard of minor nobility working as a journalist

    1926-?: Berlin, Germany
  • Evanston, Illinois
  • Evanston, Illinois; built addition to home
  • instructed in drawing by her mother from an early age
    from age 12 or 13-?: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    following high school, attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois for a few months
    returned to School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    1925-1926: student of Andre Lhote and student of Besnard, Paris, France
    1926-1927: student of Hans Hoffman, Berlin, Germany
  • C.J. Bulliet, "Pauline Graff Little," Chicago Daily News, September 30, 1939
  • interior decorating for wealthy families around Chicago, Illinois, sometimes in partnership with Mrs. Percy Deutsch

    private art teacher to rich Chicago families, including the Sterns, Florsheims, Laskers, Strauses and Greenebaums

  • C. J. Bulliet article on Illinois Historical Art Project website
  • Parents:   both from Stuttgart, Germany

    father was wealth concrete construction engineer and an accomplished musician

    mother was daughter of William Mayer, mural painter killed as soldier in Franco-Prussian War; had assisted her father; in Chicago, designed linens and other textiles

    had known each other as children; he had gone to London; each married and had children; both were widowed prior to going to Chicago where they met again

    owned cottage at Fish Creek, Wisconsin where artists and intellectuals summered

    while living in Paris, met Picasso and Matisse