Ann Sophia Towne Darrah

Artist Biography

Heralded by The Art Amateur as the “best woman of our Boston school of French landscapists and impressionists,” Ann Sophia Towne Darrah was known for her poetic works that approximated the style of the Hudson River School and later, the Impressionists. Her paintings drew attention and were described in periodicals including Appletons’ Journal of Literature, Science and Art and exhibited in venues including Albert Bierstadt’s New Bedford exhibition of 1858 and the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Although possibly apocryphal, it has been noted that President Abraham Lincoln gave one of Darrah’s paintings to Union supporter Charlotte Cushman following the Civil War. In 1882 Darrah received a posthumous solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Two of her works may be seen at the museum to this day.

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