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Agnes Jeffrey

(Edinburgh, Scotland, 1806 - 1897, Rochester, NY)

Per "Rediscovered Painters of Upstate New York 1700-1875:" "'Miss Agnes Jeffrey was born in Edinburgh, November 25, 1806, and died in Rochester, New York, March 9, 1896 [sic]. She was the daughter of John Jeffrey, barrister of Edinburgh, and his wife Elizabeth McConnell Jeffrey. She studied in Edinburgh and London and came to this country on a sailing ship when a young woman. (The ship had a cow on board so that the passengers could have fresh milk, and vegetables were stored in the lifeboats.) On arriving in New York, she visited her aunt, Mrs. James Renwick, and then proceeded to Canandaigua by the Erie Canal. She lived there until the death of her brother William, and then went to Rochester to care for his young children. She continued to paint and teach. Among her pupils was Emily Sibley, who later, as Mrs. James Watson, gave the Memorial Art Gallery. She exhibited widely, and a still life of American wildflowers took first prize at the Crystal Palace World's Fair in London in 1850. (She received a medal and a personal letter from Prince Albert.) She painted up to the very day of her death.' The above statement [was] supplied by Mrs. Gertrude Herdle Moore..."

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