Elizabeth Williams Champney

Elizabeth Williams was born February 6, 1850, in Springfield, Ohio. She later went to New York to attend Vassar and graduated in 1869. When she was twenty-three, she married J. Wells Champney.

J. Wells Champney and Elizabeth Champney's lives and careers were so entwined that it is impossible to discuss one without discussing the other. "Champ" painted landscapes, but was better known for his portraits. He exhibited some of these, including a portrait of Elizabeth, at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. He also did some of the illustrations for many of the volumes in Elizabeth Champney's Three Vassar Girls and Witch Winnie series. The remainder of the biographical sketch is at the new site. Please inform any referring sites and update your bookmarks accordingly:


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