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Anna Whelan Betts (1875–1952) American illustrator

American illustrator and art teacher Anna Whelan Betts was known for her paintings of Victorian women in romantic settings. Anna Whelan Betts was one of the artists of the golden age of American illustration during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was born in Philadelphia into a family of a physician. Anna Whelan Betts studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy and later in Paris. After her return to the US, Anna Whelan Betts studied illustration under Howard Pyle. In 1899, her first illustration was published in Collier's magazine, followed by the publications in Century Magazine, Harper's, The Ladies’ Home Journal and others in the early 1900s. Anna Whelan Betts won several medals, one of them in 1915, at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. The artist retired from illustration after 1925 as her eyesight started failing, she worked as an art teacher at a private boys' school.

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