SOLD Sunflowers

by Jesse Arms Botke (1883–1971)
Watercolor on paper
21⅛ x 19¼ inches (sight size)
Signed lower right: JESSIE ARMS BOTKE


The artist

Katherine H. Haley, California

Property from the Katherine H. Haley Trust, from above

Sale, Christie’s, Los Angeles, California, October 30, 2000, lot 15, from above

Private collection, Oklahoma

Sale, Bonhams, Los Angeles, California, November 21, 2022, lot 129

Private collection, New York, New York


Ventura County Historical Museum, California, Paintings by Jessie Arms Botke 1883-1971, December 7, 1984–January 13, 1985

Note: Katherine H. Haley was born into a prominent horse-racing family in California and became an avid art collector, primarily amassing Western art and memorabilia.

Artist Biography

Jesse Arms Botke is best known for her elegant depictions of birds, often featuring decorative plant-life. Botke grew up in Chicago and trained under the portraitist John Christen Johansen at the Art Institute of Chicago. She continued her studies at the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1906, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway sponsored Botke on a trip to Arizona and California to paint imagery promoting the American West. In 1911, the artist moved to New York and studied under the muralist and designer Albert Herter before joining his tapestry and textile firm, Herter Looms. Botke specialized in tapestry

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