Elizabeth Paxton became known for her exquisite still life paintings – timeless compositions of everyday domestic objects rendered with a sensitivity to light, color and form. The Golden Slipper is a gem of a painting showing her talent for capturing a variety of textural surfaces even while working in a smaller scale, from the satiny sheen of the shoe and the gleaming metal of the opera glasses to the soft folds of a piece of blue cloth and the delicate material of the open fan.
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In his book The Boston Painters, artist and author Robert Hale Ives Gammell acknowledged the early influence of her husband William, but praised Elizabeth’s distinctive style: “For sheer sensitivity of perception and veracity of statement her color relations challenge William Paxton’s own, as he himself proudly proclaimed. The jolt given the beholder by her simple revelation of the beauty of commonplace things transformed by the magic of light and shade and atmosphere is given an additional fillip by the originality of her selective taste.”
 Gammell, R. H. Ives and Hunter, Elizabeth Ives, The Boston Painters 1900-1930 (Orleans, MA: Parnassus Imprints, 1986), p. 167.
Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
To private collection, Newburyport, Massachusetts, March 2018 to present
1). The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts / One Hundred and Seventeenth Annual Exhibition / 1922 / Title: The Golden Slipper / Artist: Elizabeth Paxton / Return Address: 120 Riverway, Boston, Mass (1255 stamp on label and handwritten price $300.00)
2). William McGregor Paxton and Elizabeth Okie Paxton: An Artistic Partnership, exhibition label