Lydia Field Emmet

Art on This Day
Lydia Field Emmet died on this day in 1952. Emmet was an American artist best known for her work as a portraitist. She studied with, among others, prominent artists such as William Merritt Chase, Harry Siddons Mowbray, Kenyon Cox and Tony Robert-Fleury. In 1883, at the age of sixteen, she was commissioned to illustrate Henrietta Christian Wright’s children’s book Little Folk in Green. Emmet was also an illustrator for Harper’s Bazaar magazine and was commissioned by President Herbert Hoover to paint an official portrait of the First Lady, Lou Henry Hoover, which now hangs in the White House.
Emmet exhibited widely during her career, and her paintings can now be found in many prestigious galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.