Jessie Goodwin Preston (Connecticut,1879 - 1973), impressionistic oil on board painting of a rocky cove and three sailboats on a summer day. Signed "J Goodwin Preston" in the lower-left, Board measures 8 7/8" x 12 1/4" and in a quality reproduction frame 17 1/2" x 21"
Jessie Spencer Goodwin was born in East Hartford, Connecticut. In 1912, she married Harold Preston, an entomologist from Melrose, Massachusetts. She studied under the painters William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, and W. Griffith. She was one of the founding members, and at one time president of, the Society of Women Painters and Sculptors of Hartford, which later became the organization known today as the Connecticut Women Artists. The Society was formed to create opportunities for women to professionally display their artwork at a time when they were routinely shut out of exhibitions for Hartford’s male-dominated arts community.
For more about her accomplishments as an artist, see here.
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