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Kate Newhall 1840-1917
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Kate White Newhall was a sketching partner of William Keith and Leola Coggins, and is known for landscapes and coastal scenes, particularly of San Francisco Bay. She was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and spent her early years in Concord, New Hampshire. She studied at Cooper Union in New York from 1863 to 1864, taking a certificate for "Drawing and Painting from Still Life."

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She also took classes from Carleton Wiggins, Rufus Wright and Mauritz F.H. de Haas. She had already earned a reputation for landscape painting in Brooklyn before moving to California in 1897 at the age of 57, when she arrived with her brother, Charles Newhall, a roving missionary. After a brief stay in Redlands, she moved to Berkeley and opened a studio, and also studied with William Keith. She was able to support herself with her art, focusing on California scenes from Santa Barbara, Monterey, Lake Tahoe, and of course San Francisco Bay.

She exhibited with the Brooklyn Art Association, the San Francisco Art Association, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Association of Berkeley. She died in Berkeley in 1917 at the age of 77.

Sources: Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West"; Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"; AskArt