Edith Haworth

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Edith E. Haworth
Edith Haworth.jpg
Robert Henri, Portrait of Edith Haworth, 1909, Indiana University Art Museum
Born 1878[nb 1]
Died 1953[nb 1]
Nationality American
Education Shinnecock School of Art and New York School of Art, both founded by William Merritt Chase; Studied in Europe
Known for Painting

Edith Haworth (1878-1953)[nb 1] was an American painter, who studied art in New York and showed her work in New York City and Detroit, Michigan, particularly at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1903 she was co-founder and treasurer of the Detroit Society of Women Painters.


Haworth studied under William Merritt Chase at the Shinnecock School of Art (aka Shinncock Hills Summer School) on Long Island, New York.[1] She studied at the New York School of Art, now Parsons The New School for Design,[2] which was founded by William Merritt Chase in 1896.[3] Haworth had art instruction in Europe.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1897 she is listed as an artist,[4] and she lived at the same address in 1898.[5] In 1915 she was no longer living in Michigan, but continued to contribute to Michigan Artists exhibitions.[6]


Miss Edith Haworth... is spontaneous. Her color lives and glows. It is joyous, rippling sunshine expressed with purest reds and yellows. Her composition is interesting as her color. She has the gift of painting a subject which we would have all passed by and investing it with great charm.

The Arts, December 4, 1920[7]

She was at the Detroit School of Art in 1900 and 1904.[8][9] Three years later, she was a founding member and treasurer of the Detroit Society of Women Painters, which was formed to provide art instruction and broaden artistic opportunities for their members.[2][10]

In April 1909 Robert Henri made a portrait of Haworth that is in the collection of the Indiana University Art Museum.[11][12][13]

In Michigan, she exhibited at the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, the Detroit Water Color Societies[2] and "numerous times" between 1905 and 1924 at the Detroit Institute of Art.[2][14] In New York, she exhibited in 1912 and 1914 at the MacDowell Club;[15] the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art, including two watercolors, The village band and The birthday party;[16] and at the 1914 National Arts Club exhibition of the Pastellists.[17] She also exhibited there in 1919 at the Powell Galleries exhibition.[18] Before 1911 she exhibited in Munich. She also exhibited at the Independent Artists Exhibitions.[2]

During February 1931, Morton Galleries held a retrospective of her oil paintings since 1905. The following year her water colors were shown there in January.[19]


  1. ^ a b c There are no records that substantiate either this year of birth or year of death. There was an Edith E. Haworth whose travel plans, residences and census records synch up to this artist. That Edith was born October 17, 1861 in Michigan and died in 1931 in New York. The portrait made by Henri may look more like someone aged 48 (born in 1861) than someone 31 years of age (born 1878). The Edith E. Haworth born in 1861 had a niece, Edith Kate Rathsbone, born in 1878 and the Rathsones and Haworth lived and traveled together for years. There are no reliable secondary sources found so far to clarify the dates.


  1. ^ Chris Petteys. (1985). Dictionary of Women Artists, G K Hill & Co. publishers.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Marian Wardle. American Women Modernists: The Legacy of Robert Henri, 1910-1945. Rutgers University Press; 2005. ISBN 978-0-8135-3684-2. p. 201.
  3. ^ History. Parsons The New School for Design. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Detroit City Directory, 1897. Detroit: R. L Polk & Company. p. 1926.
  5. ^ Detroit City Directory, 1898. Detroit: R. L Polk & Company. p. 711.
  6. ^ "Michigan Artists." Bulletin of the Detroit Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts Vol. 10, No. 4. December, 1915, pp. 6-7.
  7. ^ Hamilton Easter Field; Forbes Watson. The Arts. Hamilton Easter Field; December 4, 1920. p. 39.
  8. ^ Detroit City Directory, August 15, 1900. Detroit: R. L Polk & Company. p. 753.
  9. ^ Detroit City Directory, 1904. Detroit: R. L Polk & Company. p. 1310.
  10. ^ American Art Annual. American Art Annual Incorporated; 1903. p. 190.
  11. ^ Indiana University, Bloomington. Art Museum; Adelheid M. Gealt. Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum. Indiana University Art Museum; 2007. ISBN 978-0-253-35069-5.
  12. ^ Bennard B. Perlman. Robert Henri: His Life and Art. Courier Dover Publications; 1991. ISBN 978-0-486-26722-7. p. 91.
  13. ^ Portrait of Edith Haworth. Art Inventories Catalog. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS). Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  14. ^ Anthony Hopkin Gibson. (1975). Artists in Early Michigan: A Biographical Dictionary of Artists Native to or Active in Michigan, 1701-1900, Wayne State University Press, Detroit.
  15. ^ Florence N. Levy, editor. American Art Directory, Volume XI. New York: American Federation of Arts; 1914. p. 229, 230.
  16. ^ Milton W. Brown. (1963). The Story of the Armory Show, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation. p. 242
  17. ^ American Pastels in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1989. ISBN 978-0-87099-547-7. p. 21, 31.
  18. ^ Powell Gallery exhibition catalog, 1919. New York: Powell Gallery. Collections Search Center. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  19. ^ Arts Magazine. Art Digest Incorporated; 1931. p. 9.