Hi coco chanel,
Thanks for your question. I tend to work a lot on questions requiring
print sources, so this one was quite interesting. I wish I could have
turned up more material on Abbot. I'm a librarian myself and this is
exactly the sort of puzzle I like to piece together.
Although Katherine Abbot is not listed in Grove, she did make it into
several reference books and I was able to locate a couple of bits of
information from other print sources.
Part of the problem you may have experienced in finding material on
Katherine Abbot is because she's listed as Katherine Cox in several
sources. Even with this other surname, I was still unable to find as
much as I would have liked.
Katherine Gilbert Abbot was born in 1867 in Zanesville, Ohio. She
married Allen Howard Cox [I am uncertain when her marriage took place.
She is listed as "Mlle" for the 1894 and 1895 exhibitions. I have
nothing concrete to base this on, but material on her seemed to stop
after 1901, so perhaps her marriage took place after that].
Aside from her exhibition in the 1900 Paris Art Exposition for which
she won a bronze medal. She also exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1894
and at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY [1901 - perhaps most
famous today because President McKinley was assassinated during the
Exposition] where she won an honorable mention.
"Dictionary of Women Artists: An Internation al Dictionary of Women
Artists Born Before 1900," by Chris Petteys. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co,
1985, p. 166.
The entry in "Who Was Who in American Art" contains similiar
information, but has in addition, the fact that she exhibited at
Salons of the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris (SNBA) in 1895
and at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1898-1899.
"Who Was Who in American Art." Madison, CT, Sound View Press, 1999,
vol. 1, p. 756.
Another source gives us the fact that the G stood for Gilbert.
"American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons," by Lois Marie
Fink. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990,p. 315
According to "Paris 1900," Abbot studied with H. Siddons Mowbray and
William Merritt Chase in New York and then with Leon Merson, Jean
Geffroy and Delance in Paris. The piece that won her the medal was
entitled "Anxiety." They list her as having died in 1929.
"Paris 1900: The 'American School' at the Universelle Exposition," by
Diane P. Fischer (ed). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press,
1999, p. 194.
As far as web sites go, the only even vaguely substantive one I found
is Ask Art's entry on Abbot and even that is pretty sparse.
Ask Art/Katherine G. Abbot Cox
Using Hotbot's search engine (it allows you to search Google, FAST,
inktomi, Teoma, I did turn up one possible avenue--a link to a
previous art exhibit that contained a painting(s) by Abbot. The link
is now dead, but by using the Wayback Machine I was able to pull it
Sheldon Past Exhibitions: 1898-1909
Sheldon's current web site unfortunately does not have much search
capability, but perhaps they may have some more information about the
painting that was exhibited there.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Materials listed above
Library OPACs for books on the Paris Art Exposition (LC subject
heading is: Exposition universelle internationale de 1900 (Paris,
"Nineteenth Century Readers Guide" (there are many articles about the
Paris Art Exposition of 1900 as well as many about the art exhibits at
the Pan American Exposition, but I found no mention of Abbot in the
ones I had access to).
"katherine g abbot"
"katherine abbot cox"
"katherine gilbert abbot"
katherine abbot zanesville
"allen howard cox"
katherine abbot artist paris exposition
I hope this answers your question. If you require additional
information or if the links do not work, please ask for clarification
before rating my answer and I'll do my best to assist you.