Emily Burling Waite (1887 - 1980)
Miss Anne Wood, c. 1918
Oil on canvas
16 x 14 inches
Initialed at lower right: E.B.W.
Private Collection, New Hampshire
Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum, Fall Exhibition 1918, as Miss Anne Wood (label verso)
Emily Burling Waite was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1887. Following high school, she enrolled in the School of the Worcester Art Museum where she studied under Philip Leslie Hale from 1905 to 1906.
Waite won a drawing competition for a two-year scholarship to study at the Art Students League in New York City. From 1908 to 1910 she enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. There she studied under Philip Leslie Hale and Francis Luis Mora.
In 1910 Waite was awarded a Paige Traveling Scholarship for a two-year study in Europe. She lived at the American Girls Club in Paris for eight months. This allowed her to work from her studio in the Latin Quarter and make copies of paintings in the Louvre. During her stay in Paris, an original portrait, La Robe Mauve, was included in an exhibition at the Salon des Beaux Arts. She also worked from a studio in Laren, the Netherlands and did work in Spain, Italy and Czechoslovakia.
Upon her return to the United States in 1912, Waite established a studio in Boston on Boylston Street. In 1915 she was awarded a silver medal at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. She next worked in New York City, Washington, DC and Newport, Rhode Island. When she was in Washington she painted a portrait of Chief Justice William Howard Taft. In 1924 Waite married Arthur Williams Manchester of Newport and lived there until her divorce in 1931.
Following her divorce, Emily Waite moved to Worcester with her son and established a studio at her family's home. She also taught drawing, painting and design at the Bancroft School in Worcester from 1934 to 1938. During the 1940s her work was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design and the Society of American Graphic Artists, one of her principal graphic art associations.