Winifred Bosworth (1885-1972)
Borghese Villa - Rome
7 x 5 inches
Winifred Bosworth (1885-1972)
North Entrance, Senlis Cathedral, circa 1916
Collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum
Winifred Sara Bosworth
Jerome Downes; married 1920 after 11 years of courtship
architect and amateur piano player
May 7, 1921-December 29, 2015: Cynthia Downes Lord obituary
1923-?: Alfred Downes
August 6, 1972
1916: Elgin, Illinois
Jefferson, New Hampshire
Aquatint, Etcher, Painter-Oil, Watercolorist
1905-1907: School of. the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; student of Stanislaw Sukowski
Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Art Students’ League, New York, New York
Academie Julian, Paris, France; student of J. Laurens
Munich, Germany; student of Felix Eisengräber (1874-1940)
1912: to Europe, where she drew and took art classes
1907: Annual Exhibition of the Art Students League of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
March 2-31, 1915: 19th Annual Exhibition. Artists of Chicago and Vicinity. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; St. Pierre, Senlis and Près de Senlis, aquatint
April 25-May 7, 1916: 23rd Annual Exhibition of the Works of the Art Students’ League of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Decorative Figure
1927: Society of Independent Artists, Brick Oven Tavern, Boston, Massachusetts
Singer, Sandra L. Adventures Abroad: North American Women at German-speaking Universities,1868-1915. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003.
Chicago Society of Etchers, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Water Color Club, Chicago, Illinois
Society of Independent Artists, New York, New York
1907: Claire Stadeker Prize, Annual Exhibition of the Art Students League of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Her father was Alfred Bosworth, the president of the Bank of Elgin. Her mother was Eleanora Wheeler Bosworth. She had five siblings: Neil, Edith, Louise, Roland and Dorothy. Her sister Louise was an important figure in sociological studies.
Winifred went into the Chicago Art Institute at an early age. It is possible that she met Stanislaw Sukowski at that time, and apparently held him in high regard artistically and personally. A book of Sukowski’s work, given to Winifred by him, is in the SOU Library in Ashland, Oregon.
In 1912 Winifred went to Europe, traveling, drawing and taking art classes. She kept up a regular correspondence with her family (these letters are kept by the family in Oregon).
By this time she had been acquainted with Jerome Downes, also a very accomplished artist, for many years after meeting him in art school. She married Jerome in 1920, after resisting his courtship for 11 years while she tried to fulfill her career as an artist. Jerome became an architect. They traveled extensively and both enjoyed doing architectural studies and landscapes.
She was constantly interrupted in her artistic work by nervous breakdowns, often spending time in sanitariums (including one in Woodstock) where she worked on other crafts such as weaving and embroidery.
In the 1960s she was still painting, mainly portraits of her grandchildren and landscapes, until her eyes began to fail.
Daughter-in-law of William Ireland Howe Downes, art critic, Boston Daily Times
Associated with artists Martin Lewis and Elizabeth Huntington