Jeannette Scott (1867-1937)

Jeannette Scott (1867-1937)

Jeannette Scott was not only a celebrated painter and draughtsman; she was also a talented advocator of better rights and opportunities for women in the fine arts. Because her father didn’t approve of his daughters becoming artists, Scott waited until age 21, after her father’s death, before moving from her native Ontario to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and later at the Pennsylvania School of Design for Women. She studied in Paris with Emily Sartain from 1885-89, and later at the Académie Colarossi with René Prinet and Mouka from 1889-94. 

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Scott became an instructor at Syracuse University in 1895, and was Head of the Department of Painting from 1902-27. She strongly agitated for women’s rights, and eventually established life drawing classes for both men and women. Scott exhibited her work at the Pennsylvania Academy, the National Academy, the Syracuse Museum of Fine Art (joint exhibition with James Cantwell in 1919 and retrospective in 1927), Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition, the Salon des Champs de Mars, Paris, and the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

References: Petteys, Chris, Dictionary of Women Artists, G.K. Hall, Boston, MA. 

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