|Arkansas Made, 1896-1900, Jenny Eakin Delony, her most poignant work.
|Jenny Eakin Delony Self-portrait
|Psyche (after Curzon), 1889,
Jenny Eakin Delony, painted
while studying in Paris.
If keeping up with Jenny Delony's travels as a student leaves your head spinning, tracing her whereabouts and various teaching positions during the remainder of her life would twist it off completely. Her portrait of Hetty Green in 1905, said to be the richest woman in America, lifted her to national prominence, though the majority of her portrait subjects were from her home state. Her work in establishing university art departments in Virginia and Arkansas ranks her as one of the great art educators in American History. She was also something of a "suffragette." She married twice. Her first husband, Nathaniel Rice, died after two years. She was divorced from her second husband after ten years, at which she returned to signing her work Jenny Eakin Delony Rice. She had no children. (When would she have found the time?) She died of cancer in 1949.
|Stream in the Hills with Homestead, Jenny Eakin Delony,
the influence of William Merritt Chase is evident.