Lady Artist (Self-portrait of Peggy Bacon (1895-1987))

Peggy Bacon, born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, studied at the Art Students League in New York City and with her parents, artists who themselves had also attended the League. Bacon’s drypoints are indebted to the Ash Can artists and downtown bohemians John Sloan (with whom she studied) and George Bellows. Her work was promoted by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who succeeded in finding a market for Bacon’s prints. Peggy Bacon was also a gifted writer; her 1953 novel The Inward Eye earned an Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Award. From 1920 to 1940 Bacon was married to realist artist Alexander Brook, who was a resident of North Haven, near Sag Harbor.