Lydia Eastwick Longacre (1870-1951)
- Lydia Eastwick Longacre (1870-1951)
- In the Pupke’s Garden
- Oil on canvas
- 8 x 10 inches
- Signed and inscribed with title, verso
Lydia E. Longacre was born in New York City in 1870 to Lydia Anne Longacre and Andrew Longacre, a clergyman. Her parents came from prominent Philadelphia families. Her paternal grandfather, James Barton Longacre, was a respected portrait painter and engraver. He worked as the chief engraver at the United States Mint in Philadelphia for over a decade. Her father was also a skilled engraver and watercolorist. Rev. Longacre served in a number of churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York before attending the pastorate at the Madison Avenue Methodist Church in New York City. After he retired from the clergy he spent his free time painting miniatures.
By 1896, Longacre was one of a number of “Promising ‘girl artists,’ ” studying at New York City’s Art Students League. Her teachers at the League included William Merrit Chase (1849-1916) and H. Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928). She further studied in Paris at the Academie Colarossi under James McNeil Whistler and later Robert Henri. Longacre was fond of Whistler and considered him a friend.