Ann P Vose (1912-1998)

Ann P Vose (1912-1998)

Ann Peterson Vose, wife of Robert C. Vose, Jr., and mother of Abbot W. and Robert C. Vose III, first became interested in painting while attending the Winsor School in Boston. Studies with Bernard Keyes and Philip L. Hale at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as private study with John Whorf and classes with Charles Hopkinson, led her to enroll in fine arts at Sarah Lawrence College. After serving as president of the class of 1935, she completed her studies at the Art Students League in New York, where she spent two years under the tutelage of John Sloan, Thomas Hart Benton and Alexander Brook.

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In the late 1930s, the young Miss Peterson sublet space from Elizabeth Vial-Taylor Watson at Fenway Studios, and proceeded to work as a portrait painter. She began exhibiting her works at Vose Galleries in the 1930s, staging three highly successful exhibitions at this venue, one in oil portraits and two in watercolors. In one show, all sixteen watercolors were sold, and in another, her watercolor was hung below one by Andrew Wyeth, with both works being priced at $150.

Miss Peterson had known Robert C. Vose, Jr., since their childhood days in Brookline. The young art dealer came to admire not only her beauty and artistic talents, but also her prize-winning prowess as an equestrian and sailor. The two were married in 1941, joining the legacies of four generations of art dealers with three generations of artists. Mrs. Vose joined her husband in business at Vose Galleries after her twin sons left home for college. There she worked until her retirement in 1984, adding her discerning eye to the gallery for 22 years. 

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