Mary Jackson was four when her mother taught her to weave baskets from dried sweet grass. Eventually, Jackson grew bored with the traditional pieces she had been making and began to create contemporary forms from traditional materials.
Hughie Lee-Smith hyphenated his middle and last name while in school so as to stand out from the other students named Smith. Lee-Smith served as president of his high school art club and received a scholarship to the Cleveland School of Art, where he studied painting.
Though unsigned or stamped with a maker's name, there are reasons to believe that this photograph was taken by Henry P. Moore. Leaving his home in Concord, New Hampshire, Moore traveled during the Civil War in search of business, as did many photographers of his day.