Rosina Emmet Sherwood

Title:  Portrait of Rosamond Sherwood

Artist:   Rosina Emmet Sherwood (American, 1854-1948.)

Medium: Oil on artist board.

Size: 9” high x 7” wide.

Date: 1905

Provenance:   Acquired from Rosamond Sherwood

About:  Rosina Emmet Sherwood (1854-1948) lived in Stockbridge, MA and New York City.   Portrait of Rosamond Sherwood (the artist’s daughter) 1899-1990, Age 6. Written on the back in pencil:  “Rosina Emmet Sherwood 1905, Rosamond Sherwood”.

Item  B196




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Rosina Emmet Sherwood Biography

A member of a prominent New York family including artists Lydia Field Emmet and Ellen Emmet Rand, Rosina Sherwood became an artist and illustrator who specialized in pastels and also painted in oil and watercolor.

In March, 1993 the Emmet Family of Women Artists was the subject of an exhibition held at the Borghi & Company Gallery in New York City and featured in the New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” column with this verbiage: “The first of the Emmet women to become an artist was Ellen II’s great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Emmet Le Roy. Other Emmet artists include: Jilia Colt Pierson Emmet; Rosina Emmet Sherwood; Lydia Field Emmet; Jane Emmet de Glehn; Ellen Emmet Rand; and Edith Leslie Emmet. Only the last is missing from the current show. Ellen II lives in Brooklyn and runs a catering business”

Her family home was Woodland House in upper New York State, and likely her earliest art lessons came from her mother, Julia Pierson Emmet. After a trip to Europe in 1876-1877, she became one William Merritt Chase’s first pupils at his Tenth Street Studio in New York City. In 1884, she again traveled to Europe, where she studied with Tony Robert-Fleury at the Academie Julian.

After she returned to New York City, she married Arthur Sherwood in 1887 and had five children. However, she continued working as an artist and often used her family as her subjects. In a painting, “Family at Christmas”, she depicted all members of her family including her son Robert Emmet Sherwood, who became a prize-winning playwright.

Some of her earliest works are illustrations including ones for Harper’s magazine. She also was a prize-winning card designer for Louis Prang and Company. In 1881, she painted in the Rocky Mountains during a westward trip.

In 1893, she was commissioned to paint a mural for the Woman’s Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and created a six-figure allegorical composition, “The Republic’s Welcome to her Daughters”. In 1922, Sherwood took a trip around the world and completed numerous landscapes in watercolor.

Most of her work is in her family’s collections, but her portrait of Archer Huntington is in the Hispanic Society of New York.