In this episode, NYPL’s Elizabeth Cronin and art historian Katherine Manthorne discuss Manthorne's new book, Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex, which tells the story of the most famous woman American artist you’ve probably never heard of. In the post-Civil War era, Greatorex was a painter in the Hudson River School, a chronicler of Old New York and pioneer in the etching revival, and the NYPL’s collection of her lost pictures, papers, and even a wooden book cover carved in Bavaria made the book possible.
Episode Recording and Transcript
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Eliza Pratt Greatorex's Arch Brook On The Old Riker Estate. NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 810165
Episode References and Additional Resources
Eliza Greatorex’s Works from NYPL
Available on the Digital Collections site
Eliza Greatorex’s Books at NYPL
Die Heimath von Oberamergau (Oberammergau, 1871)
The Homes of Ober-Ammergau: A series of twenty etchings in heliotype, from the original pen-and-ink drawings, together with notes from a diary kept during a three months' residence in Ober-Ammergau, in the summer of 1871 (Munich, J. Albert, 1872)
Old New York: From the Battery to Bloomingdale (New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1875)
Relics of Manhattan: A series of photographs, from pen and ink sketches taken on the spot, by Eliza Greatorex; illustrating historic scenes and buildings in and around this city, and comprising the following views … (New York, 1869)
Summer Etchings in Colorado (New York: G. P. Putnam's sons [c1873])
Other Important Books Mentioned
- Elizabeth Ellet, Women Artists in All Ages and Countries(New York: Harper and Bros., 1859)
Mary Louise Booth, History of the City of New York (New York: W.R.C. Clark, 1867)
Madeleine Beaufort, ed. The Diaries of Samuel P. Avery (New York: Arno Press, 1979)
- Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, ed. History of Woman Suffrage. Ed. by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage (New York: Fowler & Wells, -1922)
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