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Eliza Pratt Greatorex & Frederic Church: Art, Travel, Faith, Home
Eliza Pratt Greatorex (1819-1897) and Frederic Church (1826-1900) were two near-contemporary visual artists of fierce ambition and enormous talent. They inhabited the same New York art world, traveled extensively in the service of their art, and earned critical acclaim across the United States and Europe. Putting their careers in dialogue, this presentation examines their artistic practices, globe-trotting itineraries and strategies for engaging with the public. Given that Church was a Connecticut Yankee with deep American roots while Greatorex (née Pratt) left her native Ireland for NY during the Great Famine in 1848, Professor Katherine Manthorne will probe the roles that family background, faith and gender played in their individual searches for success and home.

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Mar 23, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Katherine Manthorne
Art History Faculty @Graduate Center of City University of New York
Katherine Manthorne is on the art history faculty at the Graduate Center of City University of New York and previously Director of the Research Center at Smithsonian's American Art Museum. Her scholarship had long focused on 19th century landscape art. Eager to better highlight the role of women within the visual culture of the Americas, she authored two recent books: Women in the Dark: American Female Photographers 1850-1900 (Schiffer Publishing, 2020) and Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex (U. of California Press, 2020). She lives in the Champlain Valley with her husband James Lancel McElhinney and their cat Maeve.