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Florence Aimee Francis Snell was born in England in 1852. She studied at the Art Students League in New York from 1882 until 1883, and then again from 1885 until 1886. Henry B. Snell, her husband, was a close friend of William L. Lathrop, and the couple began to make frequent visits to Lathrop's home in New Hope, Bucks County. In 1926 the Snells moved from New York to New Hope permanently, occupying the top floor of the Solebury Bank building on Main Street. Her paintings were frequently exhibited in local and national venues, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Academy of Design. In 1913, she won the McMillan landscape prize from the Association of Women Painters and Sculptors in New York. She was represented at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Fransisco in 1915, with four paintings.
Florence Snell as a Young Woman, n.d. Image courtesy of a private collection.
Education and Training:
Art Students League, New York, New York, 1882-1883, 1885-1886
Connection to Bucks County:
Florence and her husband, painter Henry B. Snell, came to New Hope in the summer of 1898 to visit William Lathrop and his English wife Annie. The Snells came for subsequent summers, and eventually moved to the area, settling in New Hope on the top floor of the Solebury Bank Building in 1926.
Colleagues and Affiliations:
Florence was married to Henry B. Snell, one of the New Hope Impressionists and a longtime teacher at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, now the Moore College of Art and Design. They were close friends of New Hope painter William Lathrop and his English born wife, Annie.
Henry B. Snell with students. Photographer unknown. Image courtesy of a private collection.
Major Group Exhibitions:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1890, 1898, 1900, 1903, 1906, 1912, 1916-1918, 1920-1922, and the Watercolor Annuals of 1907, 1908 and 1910
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1895, 1903, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1914, 1916
National Academy of Design, New York, New York, 1906-1908, 1910-1917, 1919-1920, 1922
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1908, 1916, 1919
The Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1913, 1920, 1922
New York Watercolor Club, New York, New York , 1913, 1915
Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Fransisco, California, 1915
Phillips Mill Annual Art Exhibition (inaugural), New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1929 and subsequent years
National Arts Club, New York, New York, 1940
Richard Stuart Gallery, Pipersville, Pennsylvania, 1982
Objects of Desire: Treasures from Private Collections, James A. Michener Art Museum, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2005-2006
McMillan Landscape Prize, National Association of Woman Painters and Sculptors, 1913
National Arts Club Prize, National Association of Woman Painters and Sculptors, 1915
National Arts Club Prize, New York, New York, 1940
Affiliations and Memberships:
New York Watercolor Club, American Watercolor Sociey
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