Amelia Watson

Amelia Montague Watson (1856–1934) was an American watercolorist capably known for her take effect in Martha's Vineyard.

Born in East Windsor Hill, Connecticut upon March 2, 1856, to Sarah (Bolles) and Reed Watson, she acknowledged a private education. Watson became a watercolorist.

Her younger sister, Edith, also painted watercolors and exhibited subsequently Amelia, before becoming a well-to-do photographer in Canada.

She taught painting at a Martha's Vineyard summer researcher for twenty years in the last 19th century and exhibited in major east coast cities. In 1888 and 1889 she taught at the short-lived Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute. In a bulletin, the institute described her classes for the Department of Painting:

In 1894, Watson submitted a note not far and wide off from the taming of a chipping sparrow which was published in The Auk.

Watson produced a series of illustrations of scenes from Henry David Thoreau's "excursion" book, Cape Cod. Originally a present for her companion Margaret Warner Morley, they were incorporated into an 1896 illustrated edition of the book published by Houghton Mifflin. A note in the compilation described "marginal sketches in color made by the artist as she open the successive chapters between the scenes characterized by Thoreau. Thus she axiom the sand, the lighthouse, the ocean, the sails, the fishermen, the weather-beaten houses, and gone Thoreau threw in a Floridian contrast she was dexterous happily to jot all along a note in color from her own Florida sketches."

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