Sunday, February 17, 2013

woman artist advocate

       "The Lighton Studios helped women artists and helped women show their work." (J.D. Mooney interview, Kansas City, August 24, 2010)

        "Granny bought the Bloody Bucket at 17th and Holly. It had been a whorehouse. She moved out the girls. She started the first art gallery in Kansas City. She started it for women at the Art Institute. I've heard she gave Benton the first show. Billy Kemper had an art studio there. The tea room was there and a restaurant for a sophisticated bunch. It was a very hip place to go. She cooked there, which was beneath her standing. She should have had a servant do it. Gertrude was fabulously wealthy." (Linda Lighton interview, Kansas City, October 2, 2010)

(1933 City Directory for 17th and Holly Street courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St, Kansas City, MO,accessed October 12th, 2010)
     Among the five artists residing at the Lighton Studios was Emma Siboni (1877 - 1940)
Emma Benedikta Siboni, daughter of Josephine Crull and Erik Siboni, was a portrait painter in America. Born in Soro, Denmark. She schooled at the Art Institute of Chicago, St. Louis School of Fine Arts, Skarbina in Berlin, and Menard in Paris (lineage courtesy of (SCROLL DOWN TO # 81 FOR EMMA LISTING, accessed November 12, 2010) (courtesy Ask Art,, accessed Feb 18, 2013)
1895-96 A Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Washington University, St. Louis, MO
“The Awards in the School of Fine Arts for the year 1896-97 were as follows:--June 10, 1897, Prof. Halsey C. Ives, Director St. Louis School of Fine Arts…..Dear Sir:--The Jury of Awards appointed to judge the work  submitted in competition for honors for the year 1986-97 takes pleasure in congratulating you and your fellow workers and the students upon the very high order of excellence which marks the exhibition. The judges found themselves seriously embarrassed in selecting the best because of this general superiority and wished many times that the number of honors had been greater. The following are recommented…..LIFE CLASS IN BLACK AND WHITE #99 Miss Emma B. Siboni 1st, Bronze Medal  #16 Mr.J. Oliver Spurr 2nd, Honorable mention"
 Nov 23, 1902  New York Times  Queen Alexandra Orders Miniatures  “Special Cable to the New York Times. Berlin, Nov. 22— Emma Siboni, the well-known American miniature painter, has received an order from Queen Alexandra of England to paint the portraits of the Queen’s grandchildren, the children of the Duke of Fife.”  (courtesy of New York Times, accessed Nov 13, 2010)

Portrait of a Young Woman by Emma Siboni (courtesy of Ask Art,, accessed Feb 19, 2013)
1904  New York at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis 1904, E. Siboni, five miniature paintings SCROLL DOWN TO SEE HER LISTING, accessed Dec 15, 2010.

More follows: She was cited as  a resident of Buffalo NY (1903); Fort Wayne IN (1905-10); Hubbard Woods IL (1915-1919), PasadenaCA (1920's and 1930's), and Washington DC1900. (From Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940)” accessed Nov 13, 2010                   
1912  Art Institute of Chicago, Feb.1-18, Catalogue of the 16th Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists SCROLL DOWN TO PAGE 50 FOR FOLLOWING LISTING accessed Nov 13, 2010   #255 Portrait of Miss Caroe Miniature (Lent by Miss Caroe, Copenhagen) #256 Portrait of Miss Emma Rusode Miniature (Lent by Miss Rusode)  #257 Portrait of children of Grand Duchess Xenia Miniature (Lent by Grand Duchess Xenia, Russia)  #258 Portrait of Baroness  Wedell-Jarlsberg Miniature (Lent by Baroness  Wedell-Jarlsberg, Paris) Siboni, Emma—840 Linden Ave,Hubbard Wood, Illinois 
1913  Eleventh Annual Philadelphia Water Color club and Twelvth Annual Exhibition of Miniatures, Nov.9 to Dec. 14, 1913---Emma Siboni #58. Mrs. Donald MacQueen (pg.14), # 127 Miss Beatrice Starr (pg.20), Partial List of Miniature Painters in this exhibit: Heloise Guillou Redfield, Emily Drayton Taylor, William J. Whittmore, Clare Shephard, A. Margaretta Archambault, Edna Huestis Simpson, Mabel R. Welch,  Harry L. Johnson, Carolyn D. Tyler, Mary Rogers, Ludwig E. Faber, Elsie Dodge Pattie, Bernice P. Andrews Fernow, Maud H. Purdy….,&source=bl&ots=BzyxPGvSty&sig=4osfmoq-CV--8_R3RTGLiiNrTOc&hl=en&ei=ci4WTd3LM4_XngfqxcXPDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false , SCROLL DOWN TO PAGE 14, accessed Dec 15, 2010. 
December 1916 American Federation exhibit circulated 1916-1917 page 34, item # 14. Miniatures by members of the American Society of Miniature Painters, 54 works---Springfield, Illinois, Dec.5 to Dec. 22, 1916; Los Angeles, California, Jan 1 to Jan. 29, 1917; Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 7 to Feb.28,  1917.,+kansas+city,+flowers&source=bl&ots=UDFyTBceKB&sig=WERZUpybwZ_BmbDBPJmA7vUJS-g&hl=en&ei=SgMITdLIFcL78Abq6MynCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=ethel%20greenough%2C%20kansas%20city%2C%20flowers&f=false, SCROLL DOWN TO PAGE 607 FOR SIBONI LISTING, accessed Dec 15, 2010.
It is no surprise that GW Lighton commissioned Siboni to do a portrait of her daughter.  She had three children: Phoebe, Gertrude, and Alfred. It was either Phoebe or Gertrude.
Portrait painting of Gertrude, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Lighton, by Emma Siboni. (BELOW, Artist signature, E.S; painting, closeup of portrait head, family photos of daughter Phoebe and Gertrude Lighton (photos courtesy of Linda Lighton, Terri Mooney, Kansas City, MO, Feb 19, 2013)

Portrait painting of Gertrude by Emma Siboni
closeup detail, above, below




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