Artist NameElba Huffman Bouslog ( Attica, IN 1850-1933 Bay Saint Louis, MS)
Date of Artworkca. 1869-1870
MediumCharcoal with stumping on beige wove paper
SizePatsy Denton Corbett, granddaughter of the artist, 2020.7, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

Further Information

In her letters home from Vassar in 1869-70, Elba Huffman wrote frequently about Dutch painter Henry Van Ingen (1833-1898), the head of the Art Department. Van Ingen recognized Huffman's artistic talent, and praised her "good eye for proportion, light and shade." In the spring semester she described being "promoted" by him to the Art Gallery where she set up an easel one day and was busy "putting on crayon with one hand while stumping with the other." This drawing, believed to be from her school days at Vassar, pictures what appears to be a cast of the goddess Diana. The young student drew carefully with feathery crosshatches, light outlines, and shadowy smudges of charcoal.