MISS EVA WITHROW
Miss Eva Withrow.---This gifted young lady is a native of California. She
inherits her taste and artistic talent in a measure from her mother, a woman of
rare mental attainments. Her father, an old and honored citizen of California, came from his
native State, Virginia, to this coast
in 1853, and his death occurred in 1881.
early developed a taste for art, and after graduating at Clark Institute,
entered the San Francisco Art
School. Subsequently for a
time she was under the instructions of Henry Raschen
and Theodore Wores, after which she went abroad with
her mother and sister to continue her art studies, remaining principally at
Munich, Germany. Her master there was the eminent J. Frank Currier, and
she was accorded the honor of being the only pupil he ever consented to
take. She speaks of him in highest terms of gratitude, and has in her
studio some of the works of her distinguished teacher. She was favored in
her studies in having the encouragement and companionship of her mother and
sister, and this was a constant stimulant.
After applying herself closely to her studies for four years, and making a tour
in France and Italy, spending some
time in Paris and Rome, she returned to
her home in San Francisco. Here she
opened her studio, and has taken a leading position in her profession.
Miss Withrow has two full classes, and although her
method is in direct opposition to academical
training, she believes to a degree in the latter. Her controlling idea in
teaching is concentration. The pupils are instructed to draw from life,
without attempt at display. Her works in her studio, at the annual
exhibition and at the Art Association are subjects of admiration and honorable
Miss Withrow resides with her mother and sister, and
their attractive home on Pine street is noted for
its hospitality, as it is for culture and refinement.
Transcribed 4-23-05 Marilyn R. Pankey
"The Bay of San Francisco," Vol. 2, page 62, Lewis Publishing Co, 1892.
© 2005 Marilyn R. Pankey.
California Biography Project