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Portrait study of Edith Emerson Lecturing Lake George Image 1

Portrait study of Edith Emerson Lecturing [at] Lake George

c. 1935
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Gift of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2012
35 x 45 in.

Description & Inscriptions

In this portrait, Oakley depicts her life partner, Edith Emerson, giving a lecture on Greek art. A commanding presence, she turns her head as if to answer a question and is caught in the dramatic light of a projector. Emerson taught art history at the Agnes Irwin School, organized lecture evenings at Cogslea, and was a frequent speaker at Woodmere, where she served as director.


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