20th Century Design Online
Henrietta Bailey (1874-1950) for Newcomb College Floral Vase, New Orleans, Louisiana, early 20th century, decorated with swirls of molded and painted flowers and leaves between the shoulder and mouth, impressed NC cipher and "QE 9 33," incised artist's initials "HB," ht. 6 1/4 in.
Note: Henrietta Davidson Bailey was born in New Orleans and raised in St. Bernard Parish, but not much is known about her early upbringing until the 1930 census listed her living at 3315 DeSoto Street with her widowed sister-in-law, three nephews, and one boarder. Her occupation was listed as 'Teacher – Young Ladies Seminary' (thought to be the Newcomb College at that time).
She enrolled in Newcomb College in 1901 as a Normal Art student and graduated in 1903, continuing into graduate school from 1903 to 1905. In 1905 she accepted a summer scholarship to study with Arthur Wesley Dow in Ipswich, Massachusetts. From 1904 to 1909 she was listed in the University yearbook as a potter/independent designer and was hired as an Art Craftsman, working until 1926. She retired from the Newcomb Art School in 1938. (Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane)
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