Artist Biography

1840 - 1917

Catherine ("Kate") White Newhall was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on December 22, 1840. She studied at the Cooper Union in New York City (1863-64) and with Rufus Wright, Carleton Wiggons, and Mauritz F. H. de Haas. After a few years in Brooklyn, she lived in Plainfield, New Jersey until 1897. With her brother Charles, a roving missionary, she came to California and settled in Berkeley in 1898 into a studio-home at 2629 Piedmont Avenue. She was a close friend, neighbor, and sketching partner of Leola Coggins and William Keith. She supported herself all her life with her art. A spinster, she died in Berkeley on September 6, 1917. A prolific oil painter, her forte was coastal scenes with waves crashing against rocks; however, she also produced many mountain landscapes and scenes of the San Francisco Bay area which she signed "K. W. Newhall." Exhibited: Brooklyn Art Ass'n, 1875; Golden Gate Park Museum, 1902; Studio Bldg (San Francisco), 1906; Berkeley Art Ass'n, 1908.

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