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Weaving Homespun, Canada
22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
Emma Lampert Cooper
(Nunda, NY, 1855 - 1920, Pittsford, NY)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Estate of Mrs. A. M. Stewart
Location: Currently on view
This painting of two women weaving by the cool light of a single window won a prize at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. The naturalistic depiction of the crowded interior, with natural tones enlivened by the red blouse of one woman and the blue wool being woven, shows Emma Lampert Cooper’s award-winning grasp of composition and color. However, by the time it was given to MAG, 70 years later, it was mistakenly labelled as a work of her husband, Colin Campbell Cooper.
Emma Lampert Cooper was the first vice president of the Rochester Art Club when it was founded in 1877, and later its president. She taught art at the Mechanics’ Institute (now RIT) from 1893 to 1897.
[Gallery label text, 2021]