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Isabel Cartwright

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1885 - 1966)

Born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Isabel Cartwright was best known as a portrait artist who had a long, distinguished professional life. She showed talent for art as a child and in 1902, entered the Philadelphia School of Design as a student of Elliott Daingerfield and Henry Snell. She won scholarships and also spent a year in Europe in 1906, and during that time studied with Frank Brangwyn in London.

In 1911, she married John Reagan Cartwright and moved to Texas where she lived until 1917, the year of her husband's death. After the period in Midwest, Cartwright returned to Pennsylvania and established a studio in Philadelphia but frequently returned to Texas. In 1917, she joined the Philadelphia Ten, remaining a member until 1945, when the group disbanded.  This association of professional women artists had just been organized. Their shows, which often included painterly, rugged landscapes, surprised prejudiced critics who had expected to see only sentimental genre scenes and mother and child themes.

She traveled frequently to Europe, and after 1930 spent increasing amounts of time on Monhegan Island in Maine, often with her good friend and artist, Constance Cochrane.

In 1953, she moved to Carmel, California to live with her sister Laura and to be involved in the artists' colony at Carmel. She continued painting into her eighties and died in Ross, California in 1966.

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