Carolyn Haywood


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MARY CAROLYN HAYWOOD 1898-1990, Philadelphia painter

Portrait of a baby, circa 1925-1935

oil on canvas, 18 x 32 inches

signed lower right

Condition:  Excellent.  Clean, Restored, dabs of in-paint in the background.

In a good gold-tone, wood period frame, newly restored.

Provenance:  Collection of a museum conservator in New Jersey. 

The term "fresh to the market" is overused, but this painting is truly FRESH.  It has been in a museum conservator's storage for at least 40 years. The owner believes that his father, a collector who also a conservator, purchased this painting directly from the artist.

Carolyn Haywood is best known for her children's books and illustrations. She wrote and illustrated the "Betsy" series of books, and later, the "Eddie" series. Those book series began in 1939, and are still in print, delighting children to this very day.  This painting dates from her earlier career as a child portraitist. It is an exceptionally fine portrait of a baby that dates from 1925-1935.  She lived in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia.

In 1923, Haywood received a scholarship for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She was a Cresson traveling scholar with a European scholarship in 1924. She spent a year onContinent before returning to her final year at the academy.

In 1925, Haywood studied under Elizabeth Shippen Green. She also began painting children's portraits for upscale parents in the Philadelphia area. Haywood was also well-known for her painted murals, which can be found in banks and schools in the Philadelphia area.



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