Helen Watson Phelps

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Helen Watson Phelps (1864–1944) was an American painter.

A native of Attleboro, Massachusetts, Phelps is known to have received some training at the Académie Julian and with Raphaël Collin in Paris.[1] While there she showed work at the Paris Salon; she also exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Society of American Artists during her career.[2] She received awards for her paintings at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York in 1901, and from the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors in 1914,[1] and she was represented at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.[3] In 1915 she exhibited a group of paintings alongside pieces by Alice Schille, Adelaide Deming and Emma Lampert Cooper.[4] Phelps' work was described as having European tendencies, and was well-regarded by critics.[5]

Phelps died in New York City in 1944.[6]

A pair of portraits by Phelps are held by the Rhode Island School of Design.[7] Her portrait of Charlotte Buell Coman is in the collection of the National Academy.[1]


  1. ^ a b c David Bernard Dearinger; National Academy of Design (U.S.) (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826–1925. Hudson Hills. pp. 20–. ISBN 978-1-55595-029-3.
  2. ^ John William Leonard; Albert Nelson Marquis (1913). Who's who in America. Marquis Who's Who. pp. 2466–.
  3. ^ Dr. Kathleen L. Nichols. "United States Women Painters: 1893 Exposition—page 10". Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Group exhibition of recent paintings by Helen Watson Phelps, Alice Schille, Adelaide Deming and Emma Lampert Cooper [electronic resource] : pictures of India, Mar. 1–13, 1915". Internet Archive. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ The Art World: A Monthly for the Public Devoted to the Higher Ideals ... Kalon Publishing Company Incorporated. 1917. pp. 491–.
  6. ^ Petteys, Chris, “Dictionary of Women Artists: An international dictionary of women artists born before 1900”, G.K. Hall & Co., Boston, 1985
  7. ^ "Bert Gallery". Retrieved 4 March 2016.