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This black and white photograph shows artist Maude Josephine Mitchell, (1875-1957), standing before a painting in her upstairs studio at the family farm. The painting depicts the family homestead, "Big Four Ranch", located three miles east of Wabaunsee in Wabaunsee County, Kansas. Her father Captain William E. Mitchell built the home in 1856. He was a member of the Beecher Bible and Rifle Society. The home once served as a safe house for slaves during the Underground Railroad but today it is maintained as a private residence. Maude began formal art training at the New York State Normal College in Buffalo, NY. After graduation she returned to Kansas to teach in the Manhattan area before entering the Columbia University School of Art in New York. In 1900, she graduated from Columbia and continued her studies at the Art Student League in New York City. Maude also spent some time at an art colony in the Catskills concentrating on her technique for landscape painting. Around 1901, Maude was appointed supervisor of art in the Dubuque, Iowa, public school system. A year later she became an art instructor at the Wisconsin State Normal College in Patteville, Wisconsin, where she taught for thirteen years. In the 1920s she returned to Kansas to oversee the family farm. In the 1930s and 1940s, Maude became well known as a Kansas artist for painting the prairie and wheat fields of Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie counties. Her paintings were included in art exhibits in Topeka and in Kansas City. In addition to her painting, Maude played and composed on the piano three songs "Prairie Roads a Windin", "The Dance of Romance" and "Ridin' in the Rain". In her later years Maude designed the gateway for the Wabaunsee Township Cemetery. To her family and friends she was remembered as a wonderful hostess who welcomed everyone with open arms into her home. On October 15, 1957, Maude passed away after a brief illness at the age of eighty-two.

Date: Between 1937 and 1957

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Item Number: 216206
Call Number: B Mitchell, Maude J. *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 216206

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