Artist Biography

Alice MEUSSDORFFER
1871 - 1949

Alice L. Meussdorffer was born in San Francisco, California on September 5, 1871. She was the daughter of John C. Meussdorffer who made the finest hats on the West Coast during the nineteenth century. A pupil of William Keith, she was most active as a painter at the turn of the century. During the latter part of her life she gained fame as a florist. Her prize-winning dahlia bulbs were shipped all over the world. She was also an ardent hiker as a member of the Sierra Club. One of her dahlias was named "Kaweah" after the river in the Kings Canyon area. A spinster and lifelong resident of San Francisco, she died there on August 15, 1949. Her rare works include still lifes of fruit and flowers. Exhibited: Mechanics' Institute Fair (San Francisco), 1899.

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