Work/Cited Episode 5: Excavating the Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex

By Meredith Mann, Specialist II
April 26, 2021
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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.

Author headshot and book cover

Episode Recording and Transcript

Eliza Pratt Greatorex's Arch Brook On The Old Riker Estate

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

Other Important Books Mentioned

About the Work/Cited Series

Work/Cited is a program series that showcases the latest scholarship supported by the rich collections of The New York Public Library with a behind-the-scenes look at how the finished product was inspired, researched, and created.  Episodes air monthly via Zoom; view our scheduled events on the NYPL calendar, and sign up for NYPL's Research Newsletter to hear about future programs as they are announced.   And if you miss an episode, check the NYPL blog, where videos and links to related resources are posted shortly afterward.