Ellen Day Hale
Worcester, Massachusetts 1855
Brookline, Massachusetts 1940
Margaret Lesley Bush Brown, Ellen Day Hale, 1910, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum,Gift of Arthur Hale 1921.5.2.
Born February 11, 1855, in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of the Rev. Edward Everett Hale. In Boston, 1873–78. Studied with William Rimmer, 1873, and with William Morris Hunt and Helen Knowlton, 1874–77. In Philadelphia, 1878-79. Studied at the Pennsylvania Academy along with Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown. Was in Canada, Colorado, Texas, and Boston, 1879–80. In Europe, 1881–83. Visited England, France, Belgium, Holland, and Italy. Studied at the Academy Colarossi with Raphael Collin and Gustave Courtois; with Emile Carolus-Duran and Jean J. Henner; and at the Julian Academy with Tony Robert-Fleury, Adolphe Bouguereau, and Giovanni Giacometti. Visited Spain and London. In Boston, 1883–85. Met Gabrielle Clements, from whom she learned printmaking. Taught at the Marlborough Street School. Assisted Knowlton at Hunt's school. In Paris, 1885. Studied at the Julian Academy. In Boston, 1886–91. Published her History of Art, 1888. During the years 189193, traveled in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Set up her home "The Thickets" in Rockport, Mass., with Clements, 1893. Visited Europe with Clements, 1895. Traveled West, 1896. Lived in Washington, D.C., 1904–32, where she had come with her father, who was chaplain for the U.S. Senate. Visited the Middle East, 1929. Moved to Gloucester, Mass., 1932. Died February 11, 1940, in Brookline, Mass.
Andrew J. Cosentino and Henry H. Glassie The Capital Image: Painters in Washington, 1800–1915 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1983)