James Wells Champney, (American,1843-1903)

A portrait of Marguerite Snow and her sister making bubbles. Pastel on paper. Signed at the right. 30 inches high, 40 inches wide. Mounted in the old frame and under glass. Circa 1880. Excellent condition.

James Wells Champney studied with Edouard Frere in 1866 and at the Antwerp Academy in 1868. He was elected to the National Academy in 1892. He was a member of a number of professional societies including the American Water Color Society and the Boston Art Club. He was an established and celebrated genre painter of scenes of country life. About 1880 (when this picture was executed) he abandoned oil painting and water colors and devoted his time to drawing with pastels. Champney taught at Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts.