Letters from Esther Baldwin Williams to Esther Williams
About the Project
Art was a family affair for Esther Baldwin Williams (1867-1964) and Esther Williams (1907-1969), mother and daughter, both painters active in Boston, Paris, and New York City. Esther Baldwin Williams as born into a prominent Boston family of artists and studied art under Joseph Foxcroft Cole and worked with cousin Adelaide Chase Cole, with whom she shared a studio in Greenwich Village. Esther Baldwin Williams was primarily a portrait painter and painted many women in her social circle. Esther Williams was the daughter of Esther Baldwin Williams and Oliver Williams. She studied at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and in Paris under Andre Lhote, and with the Art Students League. Esther Williams is known for her portraits, paintings of flowers, circus and orchestra scenes, and for her impressionistic style. She was represented by Grace Horne Gallery in the 1930s and switched to Kraushaar Galleries in 1940.