Grande Dame

2010 March 9
by Brandon Sargent


calling card courtesy of M.J. Krasulski

Above is a calling card left by the wife of artist Charles E. Dana, who studied under Thomas Eakins at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. A portrait of him, painted by his mentor, now hangs on its hallowed walls among other Eakins works (below). Mr. Dana was also a trustee of the Pennsylvania Museum of Industrial Art (the precursor to the Philadelphia Museum of Art), professor at the University of Pennsylvania, a founding member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and an early member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club–America’s oldest continuous artist organization.  Their address on the 2000 block of Delancey Place (present spelling) lies on one of the most exclusive streets in the city to this day. They would have lived directly across the street from the Rosenbach brothers who were noted book, manuscript, fine art, and antique collectors and whose home is maintained as a museum to this day.  The Rosenbach Museum’s collection contains many first editions and original drafts, inlcuding the archives of Maurice Sendak, James Joyce’s Ulysses, and Lewis  Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.



The Rosenbach Museum

Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art

Philadelphia Sketch Club (look under Archives & Permanent Collection for a brief bio)

Philadelphia Watercolor Society

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