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Lydia Field Emmet
(American, 1866-1952)
Girl, Portrait of a
Oil on canvas, 33 1/2 × 41 1/2 inches

RS 5555


Lydia Field Emmet was born in New Rochelle, New York into a family distinguished by their achievements in literature, art and public service. This left Emmet was free to pursue a career in the arts.

Emmet's formal training included the women's class at the Academie Julian in Paris, France in 1884 and study with a number of artists including Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858–1928), Kenyon Cox (1856–1919), Robert Reid (1862–1929), and most notably William Merritt Chase (1849–1916). She met Chase while enrolled in the Art Students league, and he became her most influential teacher. At a time when women were only just starting to become accepted as professional artists, Emmet became Chase's assistant, teaching his summer preparatory classes in Shinnecock Hills, Long Island.

Emmet's first recognition came from her commissioned mural at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 and this garnered attention on a larger public scale. In the early 1890s Emmet began concentrating on portraiture: men, women, and children prominent in business, education and society, including an official White House portrait of Mrs. Herbert Hoover. Emmet became a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1911.



  


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