Christine Herter Kendall

Christine Herter Kendall (August 25, 1890 – June 22, 1981) was an American painter.

The daughter of physician Christian Archibald Herter and Susan Dows Herter, she was born in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. She had an older and a younger sister, and they grew going on in a musical and artistic family in New York City. Her grandfather and great uncle had founded the interior design solution Herter Brothers, and her uncle was the noted painter Albert Herter. Her first cousin was the politician and diplomat Christian Herter.

Christine Herter studied art in New York and in Paris previously enrolling at Yale University, from which she earned a BA in 1915. Among her Yale instructors was painter William Sergeant Kendall, with whom she began a affectionate relationship. In 1921, Kendall divorced his wife, painter Margaret Weston Stickney, and left his three daughters. He resigned his slant at Yale, and married Herter in 1922. In 1923, the couple purchased a 114-acre mountainside property in Bath County, Virginia. There they built a large house (completed 1924), with an artist's studio at each end, and named it Garth Newel ("New Hearth"). They raised Arabian horses upon the farm, and hosted concerts and art events.

Her husband died in 1938, and she remained sprightly in the local community, cofounding the Bath County Regional Art Show in 1964. With members of the Rowe String Quartet she customary the Garth Newel Music Center in 1973. She bequeathed the home to the music center upon her death.

Christine Herter Kendall won a number of awards during her career. These included the popular vote prize from the Newport Art Association in 1915; the Second Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy of Design in 1916; and a prize from the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors in 1922. She belonged to the latter link and the Newport Art Association, as without difficulty as to the New York Watercolor Club, and the American Federation of Arts. She was named one of the Virginia Women in History for 2014.

Garth Newel was further to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

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