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Meet Mary Jett Franklin (1842-1928), Artiste Extraordinaire

Location: Georgia Museum of Art

Date / Time: 8/28/2016 2:00 PM


Please join us on Sunday, August 28th, from 2-4pm as local researcher Mary Bondurant Warren presents Meet Mary Jett Franklin: Athens Artiste Extraordinaire, and museum resgistrar Christy Sinksen discusses the recent restoration of two of Franklin’s works held by the Georgia Museum of Art.

A reception will follow the presentation, as will exclusive, small group viewings of the two restored paintings by Miss Franklin discussed in the program.

 La Nomade, oil on canvas, by Mary Jett Franklin (1842-1928, American)

Artist: Mary Jett Franklin (American, 1842-1928); Title: La Nomade; Medium: oil on canvas
Credit: Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Original gift of the artist to the Woman’s Building of the College of Agriculture, University of Georgia, with generous support from Drs. Hildegard and Richard Timberlake and son Lt. Col. Tommy Timberlake for conservation and frame restoration

Mary Jett Franklin (1842-1928) was born in Athens, grew up on Prince Avenue, and trained as an artist at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before moving to Paris in her 40s to study and exhibit her work there.

She returned to Athens after 1917, where she continued to paint, including portraits of George Foster Peabody, the philanthropist, and University Chancellor David Crenshaw Barrow, and a mural in Congregation Children of Israel’s first synagogue downtown.

She was a member of the Athens Art Association, and when she died without heirs in 1928, her estate was left to the University of Georgia. Those funds were used to establish what would become the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

  Mary Jett Franklin by Sarah Hunter Moss

Photograph of Miss Mary Jett Franklin by Sarah Hunter Moss, courtesy of Mary Bondurant Warren

 This event is free and open to the public, and co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Athens Historical Society. We hope to see you there for this exciting presentation!

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 
2:00 PM
Georgia Museum of Art
University of Georgia
90 Carlton Street 




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