Pluma Brown, American (1858-1940), Santa Fe, New Mexico, dated 1916
In original arts and crafts metal leaf frame, 18" x 21" canvas, overall is 21.5" x 24" Pluma M. Kimball was born in Austin, Minnesota, December 18, 1858, the daughter of Wilbur and Frances Kimball. In 1882 she married John Kipp Brown, a widowed banker who was also 31 years her elder. He was to die in 1908. According to the 1880 and 1890 Census they lived in Des Moines, Minnesota. Her occupation was listed as a music teacher. By 1900 the couple had moved to Jackson, Minnesota. In 1918 Pluma M. Brown is noted as having received her Fine Arts Instruction and Degree at Columbia University where she would have been a student under Arthur Wesley Dow. In October of 1920, she left for a one year tour of Europe to study art. Her passport application in 1925 has her living in Cleveland, Ohio, and again leaving for a year’s study of art in France, Italy, Belgium and Sweden. As an artist, she exhibited with the National Association of Women Artists in 1935, 1936 and 1937. She died in New York City just shortly after the 1940 census was taken. Information: Passport Applications, Census Records.