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    Adelia Gates Collection, 1879-1898 and undated.
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    Gates, Adelia.
    Adelia Gates Collection, 1879-1898 and undated.
    Phy. Description: 
    3.07 cu. ft. (2 document boxes) (3 16x20 boxes)
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid to collection
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Adelia Gates (circa 1820-1912) was born in the Susquehanna Valley of New York State. At age sixteen she taught in a country school, and later worked in the cotton mills at Lowell, Massachusetts. Gates attended Antioch College when she was in her thirties, but had to leave after two years because of poor health. At the age of fifty, Gates was taught how to paint flowers by Madame Vouga in Geneva, Switzerland.
    This collection consists of 327 watercolors of flowers painted by Adelia Gates. It represents a fragment of a collection of 502 Gates watercolors donated to the Smithsonian by Eleanor Lewis in 1913. Approximately 175 watercolors are missing. The paintings cover a wide range of native and exotic plants and a majority of the studies were made in California, Algeria, and Italy. Also included is an alphabetic index to the paintings, arranged by genus.
    (1) Folio I, no. 4179.1 - no. 4179.23; (2) Folio II, no. 4180.1 - no. 4180.180; (3) Folio III, no. 4181.1 - no. 4181.124; (4) index arranged by genus.
    Vouga, Mme
    Lewis, Eleanor
    Gates, Adelia.
    Antioch College
    Form / Genre: 
    Art objects
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
    Local Number: 
    SIA RU007312
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