Philadelphia Cultural Landscapes: The Sartain Family Legacy

Philadelphia Cultural Landscapes: The Sartain Family Legacy

By: Katherine Martinez (author)Hardback

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In their day, from 1830 to 1930, the Sartain family of Philadelphia were widely admired as printmakers, painters, art administrators, and educators. Since then, the accomplishments of three generations of Sartains -- John, children Samuel, Henry, Emily, and William, and grand-daughter Harriet -- have become obscure. This wide-ranging collection of essays aims to rectify that situation. The patriarch of the family -- John Sartain -- came to Philadelphia from London in 1830 seeking success as a mezzotint engraver. Mezzotint was a sophisticated means of popularizing the work of well-known painters, and as an English-trained engraver John was in great demand. He became influential, not just as a pictorial engraver, but as a painter publisher, and administrator. He even designed monuments and furniture. And he passed on his skills and learning to his children.One of John's daughters and three of his sons went on to become equally celebrated. Emily, with her friend Mary Cassat, become a well-known painter and principal of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, precursor of the Moore College of Art and Design. As an art educator, she spearheaded the women's art movement, traveling widely as a speaker and delegate. John's sons Samuel and Henry worked with their father as engravers and printmakers and were early photography enthusiasts. Son William moved to New York, where he became an associate of the National Academy of Design, a founder of the Society of American Artists, and president of the Art Club of New York. Henry's daughter Harriet followed her aunt Emily as head of the School of Design, where she advocated broad popular access to art appreciation training. The Sartains were important not just for who they were but for who they knew and influenced. They were in the vanguard of the movement to democratize art and art education. Among their associates were Judd Sartain, a successful homeopathic physician who financed her niece Emily's professional training; poet and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe; painter Thomas Eakins, Emily's one-time beau; and industrialist and art collector Joseph Harrison, Jr. Lavishly illustrated with 113 duotones and 8 color plates, Philadelphia's Cultural Landscape is a fascinating book at a century in which the production and promulgation of art was seen as everybody's business, and at a family that epitomized that spirit.

About Author

Katherine Martinez is Member Services Officer for Research Libraries Group, Inc. Page Talbot is a museum and restoration consultant. CONTRIBUTORS: Elizabeth Johns, Cheryl Leibold, Katharine Martinez, Elizabeth Milroy, Sue Himelick Nutty, Patricia Likos Ricci, Ethan Robey, Kirsten Swinth, Page Talbot, Tara Leigh Tappert, Mark Thistlethwaite, Andrew L. Thomas, Nina de Angeli Walls, Helena E. Wright, and Sylvia Yount


Contents List of Illustrations Foreword by Happy Craven Fernandez Preface and Acknowledgments Sartain Family Tree 1. A Portrait of the Sartain Family and Their Home Katharine Martinez 2. Prints in the Sartains' Circle Helena E. Wright 3. John Sartain and Peter F. Rothermel Mark Thistlethwaite 4. John Sartain and Joseph Harrison, Jr. Sue Himelick Nutty 5. Edward Dalton Marchant's Abraham Lincoln Andrew L. Thomas 6. Assembling Fairmount Park Elizabeth Milroy 7. John Sartain and the Contest of Taste at the Centennial Ethan Robey 8. William Sartain and Cecilia Beaux: The Influences of a Teacher 9. The Autobiographical Scrapbooks of William Sartain Cheryl Leibold 10. "Bella, Cara Emilia": The Italianate Romance of Emily Sartain and Thomas Eakins Patricia Likos Ricci 11. Emily Sartain and Harriet Judd Sartain, M.D.: Creating a Community of Women Professionals Kirstin Swinth 12. A "New Century" for Women: Philadephia's Centennial Exhibition and Domestic Reform Sylvia Yount 13. The Sartain Family and the Philadelphia School of Design for Women Page Talbott 14. Harriet Sartain and Democracy in Art Education, 1900 - 1930 15. Thoughts on the Historiography of Art in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia Elizabeth Johns Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781566397919
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 211
  • ID: 9781566397919
  • ISBN10: 156639791X

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