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Ellen Josephine Holgate

Ellen Josephine Holgate (1858-1935), known as "Auntie Jo," to Sara Ann Kents' children (Rockwell, Douglas and Dorothy), was Kent's mother's sister.

Auntie Jo studied the fine arts under Abbott Thayer and later in Paris. Her main interest was in watercolors - floral still-lifes and portraits - and decorating china. She exhibited in several of the national annual watercolor exhibitions including those at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Auntie Jo's work as an artist and her presence in the Kent home, Kent later recalled, "must have had a good deal to do with my wanting to become an artist; and her encouragement and belief in me helped me to become one."

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View Larger Image 49. Artist Unknown.
Portrait of Ellen Josephine Holgate. ca. 1880.
Oil on wood panel. Image: 10 1/2 x 8 in.
View Larger Image 50. Portrait of a Child. ca. 1895. Watercolor on paper. Image: 16 x 12 in.
View Larger Image 51. Lilacs. ca. 1898. Watercolor on paper. Image: 15 1/2 x 11 in.

All art, collection of Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Rockwell Kent Gallery and Collection.

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