Adele Williams

Adele Williams (February 24, 1868 – 1952) was an American performer who was one of the primeval Impressionist painters in Virginia.

Adele Williams was born in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of John H. Williams. Graduating tall school at the age of 15, she went to New York in 1886 to study at the Woman's Art School of Cooper Union and the Art Students' League. She then studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, where she won the Prix Concours medal.

Williams worked in oil, watercolor, pastel, and mezzotint, painting landscapes, still lifes, and harbor and street scenes in an Impressionist style. She exhibited action at the Paris Salon during her stay in France, and after her compensation to the United States she showed at the American Watercolor Society, the Art Club of Philadelphia, and elsewhere. A number of her portraits are cataloged by the Catalogue of American Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, including a 1902 self-portrait and a 1903 portrait of Ellen Axson Wilson, the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson. Her portrait of adjudicate John W. Riely hangs in the Virginia Supreme Court, and her portrait of Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury is owned by the University of Virginia.

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