Ruth Payne Burgess Watercolor Painting Gold Leaf Framed
Original Watercolor Landscape
See photos for condition.
Has very light foxing that is almost imperceptible
From a well to do family estate here in Hilton Head South Carolina
Size: Framed size is 19.5″ by 13.5″
Matt opening size is 11.5″ by 13.5″
Has art at The Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Burgess painted portraits landscapes and still lifes including Nicholas Murray Butler,
the president of Columbia University; A. Barton Hepburn; and Admiral Charles E. Clark.
Her work was shown in nine exhibitions at the National Academy of Design from 1897 to 1906 as well as
from 1924 to 1933. A report of the Newport Annual Exhibition in 1915 records a visitor as saying,
“The picture I like best is this head by Mrs. Burgess, it’s more natural and lifelike than any picture in
the whole show”
In 1899 Burgess joined the National Association of Women Artists and the Woman’s Art Club of New York,
where she served as the organization’s president from 1905 to 1910 and contributed to its financial growth
Burgess was also president of the Art Students League for a period of time.
Portrait of His Royal Highness, Prince August William, Potsdam, Berlin, Germany
Portrait of Dr. Daniel Bliss, Amherst College
Portrait — Nicholas Murray Butler, the president of Columbia University
Portrait — Jennie Churchill (Lady Randolph Churchill), 1894
Portrait — Admiral Charles E. Clark – Treasury Building, Washington, D.C.
Portrait — Honorable A. B. Hepburn,
Portrait — Professor Francis March, Amherst College
Portrait — Judge Pierson, Public Library, Holyoke, Massachusetts
Luce Artist Biography
Ruth Payne Burgess studied at the Art Students League and traveled around Europe, painting in Germany and Italy.
Painted still lifes, portraits, and landscapes of her hometown of Montpelier – Vermont.
While living in Germany, she painted a portrait of Prince August Wilhelm, the second son of the kaiser.
She was president of the Women’s Art Club in New York for five years