Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Carriage House, a New York historic estate located in the Bronx

Accomplished Women

School gril Art from the Female Academies of the 19th Century

March 1–June 21, 2015

Schoolgirl Art

Guest curated by William and Sally Gemmill, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to view some superb pieces from an important private collection.

In early days of the American republic few educational opportunities for young women existed outside the family. During the 1790s private female academies began to open in major cities and were patronized by wealthy families to improve their daughters' marriage prospects. Although a variety of subjects were taught, these schools are best remembered for the needlework and watercolor creations of their students. A finished needlework piece would be hung prominently in the home to demonstrate the daughter's accomplishments.

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Read the Gemmills' article on the Charlestown Academy in Antiques & Fine Art