Artist Biography

Sarah Bender DEWOLFE
1852 - 1932

Sarah E. Bender was born in Washington, DC on July 10, 1852. She settled in San Francisco in 1865. When the School of Design opened in 1874, she was one of the first pupils to enroll and was greatly influenced there by Virgil Williams. Curiously, some of her 1890s paintings are signed with her married name; however, it was not until 1904 when she wed Harold DeWolfe. Probably a common law marriage. The earthquake and fire of 1906 destroyed her studio at 509 Sacramento Street taking with it many of her early works. She later had a studio on Hyde Street and a home at 3400 Laguna Street where she died on June 15, 1935. Her oils of fruit and flowers qualify her as one of California's finest still-life specialists. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n; San Francisco Women Artists. Exhibited: Mechanics' Institute, 1883-95; California State Fair, 1883, 1902; California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894; San Francisco Guild of Arts & Crafts, 1904; Sorosis Club, 1913. Works held: Oakland Museum; California Historical Society.

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