Sisters of the Brush and Palette Lecture

with Prof. Richard Candee

Thursday August 23, 2018 5:30–6:30 pm

at Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle St., Portsmouth NH.

Doors open at 5pm prior to each lecture with galleries open until 7pm in the evening.
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In 1896, art journalist William Howe Downes noted “every year we see more of these sisters of the brush and palette coming forward as doughty competitors to the men…” Recognition of an increasing number of successful women artists, especially in Boston, came a generation after Massachusetts mandated art education for all public schools. Other New England states and New York followed suit, resulting in the establishment of specialized college training and a profitable trade in teaching aids.

Presented by Prof. Richard Candee, this in our lecture series, “Sisters of the Brush and Palette,” explores the life and art of three such artists, now on view at Discover Portsmouth. The central subject, Susan Ricker Knox, was a Portsmouth native whose long career as a portrait and landscape painter intersected with Margaret J. Patterson and Anne W. Carleton, artists and teachers. Each of these women, with Portsmouth connections, made successful careers of their artwork in the early years of the 20th century.

Richard M. Candee is Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies at Boston University, former director of Preservation Studies, and co-founder of Portsmouth Advocates. He is the author of several books and many essays on the region’s history and artists. The founder of Discover Portsmouth, he has curated or co-curated sixteen exhibitions for the Portsmouth Historical Society and the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

For more information, call 603-436-8433.

Ladd Doorway

Susan Ricker Knox, Ladd Doorway, ca. 1917. Photo by Jeremy Fogg.


Portsmouth Waterfront

Margaret J. Patterson, Portsmouth Waterfront, ca.1900. Photo by Jeremy Fogg.


Hot Sand

Anne W. Carleton, Beach Figures (also known as Hot Sand), 1930s. Photo by Jeremy Fogg.



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Now through September 30, 2018

Visit our current exhibitions at Discover Portsmouth

Gertrude Fisk: American Master
Sisters of the Brush and Palette

Now through October 8, 2018 at the John Paul Jones House

Overlooked and Undervalued: Three Hundred Years of Women’s Art from the Seacoast