Harriet Blackstone

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  • Harriet
  • Blackstone
  • November 13, 1864
  • New Hartford, New York
  • March 16, 1939
  • New York, New York
  • 1864-1883: New Hartford, New York

    1883: moved to Chicago, Illinois with family

    1888: moved to Galesburg, Illinois with family

    1905: built home and studio in Glencoe, Illinois

    1905: to Paris, France

    1908: return to Glencoe, Illinois

    1920: to New York, New York

    Taos, New Mexico
  • Glencoe, Illinois
  • Painter-Oil
  • 1903-?: Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn, New York; student of William Merritt Chase
    1905-1906: Academie Julian, Paris, France; student of Jean-Paul Laurens
  • Paris, France

    Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts

    Provincetown, Massachusetts
  • Array
  • 1907: Paris Salon, Paris, France; A Crimean

    1915, 1916: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1907-1916: Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings & Sculpture by American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1908-1910: Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    1909, 1912: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania

    1910, 1911: National Academy of Design, New York, New York

    1915: Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, California

    1928: Grace Horn Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (solo)

    1936: Dudensing Gallery, New York, New York

    May 8-June 13, 1937: 9th Biennial International Watercolor Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York

    March 16-June 10, 1984: A Mystical Vision: The Art of Harriet Blackstone, 1864-1939, The Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont

    Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

    Chicago History Museum

    Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, New York

    de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California

    Layton Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

    Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois

    John H. Vanderpoel Art Association


  • Heller, Jules, and Nancy G. Heller, eds. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge, 2013 "Harriet Blackstone Prominent Painter" Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 17, 1939. (Obituary) F.L.H.P. "Harriet Blackstone". American Magazine of Art 9 (Nov. 1917 – Oct. 1918), pp. 397–405. link d'Unger, Giselle. "Harriet Blackstone: Portrait Painter," Fine Arts Journal 26:2 (February 1912): 97–101. Lee, Cuthbert. Contemporary American Portrait Painters: Illustrating and Describing the Work of Fifty Living Painters. William E. Rudge, 1929. Biomfo, Mary S. Dangremond. A Mystical Vision: The Art of Harriet Blackstone 1864–1939. Vermont: Bennington Museum, 1984. Walter, Paul A.F. "Art in War Service," Art and Archaeology. vol. 7, 1918. pp. 395-403.
  • Artists' Guild, Chicago, Illinois

    Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    American Women's Art Association, Paris, France

    Chicago Society of Artists, Chicago, Illinois

    Cordon Club, Chicago, Illinois

    International Society of Arts and Letters, Paris, France

    The Little Room, Chicago, Illinois

    Municipal Art League of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    National Academy of Design, New York, New York

    National Arts Club, New York, New York

    Society of Independent Artists

    Society International of Arts & Letters, Paris, France
  • 1917: The Artist's Guild, Chicago, Illinois for Man with a Cane [James Edwin Miller], 1911, oil on canvas; Collection of Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1894: with father and brother, established a photography studio at 19 E. Main St., Galesburg, Illinois

    1895-1903: Teacher of elocution/drama, Galesburg High School, Galesburg, Illinois; first instructor of public speaking; coach for commencement orators

    published American Orations and New Pieces That Will Take Prizes, compilations of excerpts from works of noted authors

    starting in late 1890s: active in theatrical club, Galesburg, Illinois

    She spent part of World War I in New Mexico working for the U.S. government, which tasked her with painting Native Americans and their environments; she also produced range-finder paintings to help train military gunners.

  • Wikipedia page
  • Descendant of Roger Williams and of William Blackstone, early settler of Boston, Massachusetts.

    Her father was Mills C. Blackstone

    While she lived and worked in Glencoe, she opened her studio on Sunday afternoons to artists, collectors, musicians and writers as a sort of Salon.

    The move to New York in 1920 was largely to pursue her increasing interest in mysticism and to paint the faces she was seeing in visions in a more suitable location than Chicago.