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The Lady with the Pen

by Katherine E. Manthorne

The Saturday before Christmas 1868, Eliza Greatorex (1819–97) held her last reception of the year in her “pleasant studio” in the Dodworth Building, No. 212 Fifth Avenue.1 At these gatherings, attendees enjoyed the unique opportunity to meet the artist and see her art displayed in her workspace. This evening, fifteen pen-and-ink drawings... More »

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