HENRIETTA DUNN MEARS (1877-1970) The Harvard Girl. Watercolor and ink on board. Oval, measuring 295x243 mm; 11 1/2x9 1/2 inches. Signed "Henrietta Dunn N.Y." in pencil, lower right, in period oval frame.
Henrietta Mears (1877-1970) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She moved to the East Coast to study at the Art Students League in New York City with Charles Hawthorne and Eric Pape and was given an early solo exhibition at the Copley Gallery in Boston in 1917.
She was a member of bi-coastal art associations, including The Provincetown Art Association, West Coast Arts, and Berkeley League of Fine Arts, where she also exhibited. Mears won prizes for work shown at the Minnesota State Fair in 1927 and the St. Paul Institute in 1930.