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ARTFUL LIVES: THE FRANCIS WATTS LEE FAMILY AND THEIR TIMES. Patricia J. Fanning. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 2016. 218 pp. with 50 ills. LC 2016-4216 ISBN 9781625342065 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 170935. Publisher's description: Francis Watts Lee and his family hold a special place in the history of American photography. F. Holland Day completed a series of remarkable photographs of Lee's daughter Peggy, and the striking portrait of the child and her mother titled Blessed Art Thou among Women is one of Gertrude Kasebier's most iconic compositions. In Artful Lives, Patricia J. Fanning uses these and other significant images as guideposts to explore the Lee family and the art and culture of their age. A social reform advocate, Francis Watts Lee was an artistic photographer and a talented printer, part of the circle of avant-garde artists and intellectuals who formed Boston's bohemia. He married twice, first Agnes Rand, an award-winning poet and children's book author, and later, after their divorce, Marion Lewis Chamberlain, a librarian and MIT-trained architect. Francis and Agnes's eldest daughter, Peggy, who was so integral to the work of pioneer Pictorialists, died at age seven of juvenile diabetes.
Artist(s):Lee, Francis Watts
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900 — Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170934
Hardcover $90.00    

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