Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex

Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex

by Katherine Manthorne

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Eliza Pratt Greatorex (1819–1897) was America’s most famous woman artist in the mid-nineteenth century, but today she is all but forgotten. Beginning with her Irish roots, this biography brings her art and life back into focus. Breaking conventions for female artists at that time, Greatorex specialized in landscapes and streetscapes, traveling from the Hudson River to the Colorado Rockies and across Europe and North Africa. Her crowning achievement, a monumental tome of drawings and narratives titled Old New York, awakened the public to the destruction of the city’s architectural heritage during the post–Civil War era. Exploring Greatorex’s fierce ambition and creative path, Katherine Manthorne reveals how her success at forging an independent career in a male-dominated world shaped American gender politics, visual culture, and urban consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520355507
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/15/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 378,058
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Katherine Manthorne is Professor of Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. An award-winning art historian, she is the author of monographs on Martha Mitchell, Frederic Church, Louis Mignot, and James Suydam.

Table of Contents


Prologue: The Old Church
1. Maeve’s Daughters: From Ireland to America, 1819–1848
2. Art, Domesticity, and Enterprise, 1850–1861 
3. Civil War and Architectural Destruction
4. Success in the New York Art World, 1865–1870 
5. In the Footsteps of Dürer, 1870–1872 
6. Taming the West: Summer Etchings in Colorado (1873)
7. Old New York (1875): Witnessing Urban Transformation
8. Centennial Women, 1876–1878 
9. Transatlantique: From New York City to Paris, from Cragsmoor to Morocco, 1878–1897
Epilogue: Kathleen and Eleanor Greatorex Carrying On Alone 

List of Illustrations

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