Join as Professor Katherine Manthorne explores the interconnected lives of two influential women from 19th Century New York, Eliza Jumel and Eliza Pratt Greatorex. Eliza Jumel, a self-made woman who used her intellect to become one of the richest women in New York, was the mansion’s longest living resident. Four years after Jumel’s death, Eliza Pratt Greatorex was one of America’s most famous women artists and only female member of the National Academy of Design. Professor Manthorne’s illustrated presentation focuses on Pratt Greatorex’s folio volume Old New York: From the Battery to Bloomingdale (1875) in which the artist depicted the city’s threatened architectural landmarks during the post-Civil War building boom, including Morris-Jumel Mansion and its grounds. Enjoy this special preview of Manthorne’s forthcoming book, Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex, which will be published in January 2021.
Katherine Manthorne is a Professor of Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and specialist in American art and culture with attention to the contribution of women. Soon to be published by University of California Press in Jan. 2021, her book, “Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex,” brings back to life this feisty, remarkable figure and her extensive network of art women to shed light on the still-misunderstood visual culture of the post-Civil War years.