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William Merritt Chase art class Smithsonian Archives American Art

A women's art class with instructor William Merritt Chase.

Photo: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

This photo from 1897 from the Archives of American Art shows a women's art class with instructor William Merritt Chase. In that era, men and women attended art classes separately -- where women were lucky enough to be able to get an art education at all.

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