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Dorothy Nelson, of Petersham, Massachusetts

ca. 1935 Martha B. Willson Day Born: Providence, Rhode Island 1885 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1983 watercolor on ivory 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 in. (5.4 x 4.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the American Society of Miniature Painters 1965.30.18 Not currently on view


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Dorothy Nelson (1912-1958) was the tenth of twelve children born to Norwegian parents. She grew up in Petersham, Massachusetts, where Martha Buttrick Willson Day owned a summer home. Dorothy married George Vaidulas (1911-1994), also from Massachusetts, and the couple had two daughters. She died in 1958 after a battle with leukemia.

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History - United States - Massachusetts

Portrait female - Nelson, Dorothy - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Martha B. Willson Day

Born: Providence, Rhode Island 1885 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1983