Winifred Bosworth

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  • Winifred
  • Sara
  • Bosworth
  • Winifred Bosworth-Downes Winifred Sara Bosworth
  • 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
  • 1885
  • Elgin, Illinois
  • August 6, 1972
  • Ashland, Oregon
  • 1916: Elgin, Illinois

    Wellesley, Massachusetts

    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
  • Array
  • 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

    Associated with Esther Forbes, author