Pauline Dohn Rudolph (1865-1934)
Portrait of a Young Woman in a Chinese Robe
Oil on canvas, 1989.2118
The compelling style of the portrait suggests the artist’s post-graduate study with Realist painter Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Though the subject of the portrait remains unknown, the Rudolph family suggests she is most likely Mary Dohn, the artist’s younger sister. The work was exhibited widely, and before it found its new home at WHS, it hung in the Rudolph’s home.
Pauline Dohn Rudolph was born in Chicago and entered the Chicago Academy of Design, now the Art Institute of Chicago, after finishing high school at age thirteen. She studied in Europe in the 1880s and exhibited in the Fine Arts Palace of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Rudolph and her husband Franklin moved to Winnetka by 1907, purchasing a home at 745 Sheridan Road. Here she supervised the Winnetka extension of the Saturday Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago and served on the board of the Winnetka Public Library.
Anita Willets-Burnham (1880-1957)
Portrait of Mrs. Franklin Ellis, 1944
Oil on canvas, 2005.06.01
Portrait of Mrs. Grace Shackford Ellis wearing a fur stole. The background image features imagery from a Burnham fresco also in the WHS Burnham Art collection. The work of Anita Willets-Burnham (1880-1957) is best characterized as realism with a touch of humor. Now primarily remembered as the colorful owner of the Schmidt-Burnham Log House, Anita was a formally-trained artist, teacher, author, lecturer, and world traveler. Along with owning her Log House, WHS maintains a wide collection of Burnham family artwork, archives, and artifacts.
Portrait of Heluiz Washburne, undated
Oil on canvas, on loan from Faith Anderson
Heluiz Washburne (1892-1970) was an author of children’s books who lived in Winnetka for many years with her family. She acquired the traditional Russian “Sarafan” or pinafore worn in the painting while visiting the Soviet Union with her husband, Crow Island School principal, Winnetka schools superintendent, and globally acclaimed progressive educator Carleton Washburne. The flowered head scarf tied under her chin was also part of the everyday dress of Russian peasants. It is not known if she was painted wearing the dress while in Russia or when she returned home to Winnetka.
The sarafan pictured here was donated along with the portrait by Faith Anderson for the temporary exhibit The Adventurers: Untold Tales of Travel in Winnetka, 1899-1930.