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Agnes Harrison Lincoln was known for her floral pastel drawings. Though she commonly added small details in the background (this work for example, a small sparrow on the top left corner), all the significant focus and coloring was concentrated on the flowers.
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Agnes Harrison Lincoln (1870-1954)
Agnes Harrison was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1870. Her father was an English-born flour mill engineer and a key pioneer in the milling industry of the small, prospering city. As a result, the Harrison family often appeared in the society pages of the Minneapolis Journal, noting their outings, travels, and accomplishments. The Harrisons later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but kept ties to Minneapolis.
As a young adult, Agnes traveled to Boston to study at the Museum of Fine Arts and is noted to have studied under artists such as J. Alden Weir and Edmund Tarbell. She also studied abroad in Europe. Agnes herself became an art teacher as early as the mid-1890s, and in the 1930s she served as the Art Department Director at Kemper Hall in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
In 1906, Agnes Harrison married Massachusetts native Henry Ware Lincoln, and in 1908 gave birth to their only child, John Ware Lincoln. In the last few decades of her life Agnes regularly spent time in Noank, Connecticut, and by the 1930s had become a member of the Mystic Art Association (today known as the Mystic Museum of Art). Her sister Florence, and young niece, Victoria, were frequent visitors to the Mystic area. Victoria grew up in this small town by the river and became the subject of quite a few of her aunt’s paintings — some of which, such as Victoria and her Cat, we have in our permanent collection thanks to donations by Victoria herself!
Agnes’ paintings and pastels have been exhibited in many institutions including the Milwaukee Art Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., as well as galleries in Boston and New York, and she is represented in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Mystic Museum of Art.
In the final year of her life, Agnes was still teaching—giving lectures at the nearby Westerly Library in Rhode Island and offering children’s art lessons at Stonington Library here in Connecticut. Today, Agnes Harrison Lincoln’s work lives on in MMoA’s permanent collection, including her pastel Peonies, a favorite of the Museum staff.