One of Peterson's many admirers was famed designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, to whom Peterson was introduced through her mentor and friend Sorolla. In 1911, she stayed at Tiffany’s estate on Long Island, where she painted his impressive home and gardens, and embraced a passion for flowers that began during her youth. As a testament to her standing in the art world, a second major show at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1914 featured a collection of her radiant garden scenes, painted at home and abroad, hanging near examples of work done by her prominent male colleagues, including George Bellows and Charles H. Woodbury.
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Painted at Tiffany’s estate, Lure of the Butterfly was included in the exhibition and was later shown at the Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts in early 1917, where it was awarded the Charles Noel Flagg prize for best oil painting. In this sundrenched canvas, Peterson has mastered her craft, rendering the lovely young woman and giant lotus leaves with confident brushwork and a keen eye for color. The painting was exhibited a third time by Peterson, at the Pen and Brush Club’s 1917 summer exhibition, and received special mention in an American Art News’ review as “an excellent composition, full of light and life.”
 “Pen and Brush Club Summer Show,” American Art News, July 14, 1917, p. 3
Private art dealer, Marblehead, Massachusetts
To private collection, 1960s
By descent to collector’s son, private collection, New York, New York
1). (torn and partially covered by tape) [The Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts] / Seventh Annual Exhibition, 1917 / [Title] The Lure of the Butterfly / [Artist] Jane [Peterson] / (rest is torn)
2). (handwritten; torn and partially covered by tape) Butterfly
1). Paintings by Jane Peterson, Art Institute of Chicago, December 10, 1914 – January 3, 1915, No. 100, The Lure of the Butterfly
2). Seventh Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture, The Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, February 12 – 26, 1917
3). The Pen and Brush Club Summer Exhibition, New York, July – October 1, 1917
4). Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut, November 19, 2017 – January 28, 2018, illus. p. 18 (The exhibition traveled to the Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY; the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; and the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY)