Winifred Bosworth

Maiden Name: 
Bosworth
Variant Names: 
Winifred Bosworth-Downes
Winifred Sara Bosworth
Spouse: 
Jerome Downes
Children: 
Cynthia Downes Lord (1921), Alfred Downes (1923)
Birth Date: 
1885
Birth Place: 
Elgin, IL
Death Date: 
08/06/1972
Death Place: 
IL
Residences/Studios: 
Elgin, IL
Wellesley, MA
Jefferson, NH
Active In: 
Elgin, IL
Medium: 
Etching
Painting
Painting - Oil
Painting - Watercolor
Subject: 
City Scenes/Cityscape
Landscape
Portrait
Style: 
Impressionism
Realism
Exhibitions: 
Annual Exhibition of the Art Students League of Chicago, AIC, 1907, 16
Awards: 
Claire Stadeker Prize, Annual Exhibition of the Art Students League of Chicago, AIC, 1907
Memberships: 
Chicago Water Color Club
Chicago Society of Etchers
Society of Independent Artists, NYC
Collections: 
American Art Museum, Smithsonian, Washington, DC.
Private collections, family
Training: 
SAIC, 1905-07
Boston Museum of Fine Art
Art Students' League, NYC
Academie Julian, Paris
Biography: 
Winnifred Bosworth by Winifred's granddaughter, Alycon Lord

Winifred Bosworth was raised in Elgin, IL. Her father was Alfred Bosworth, the president of the Bank of Elgin. Her mother was Eleanora Wheeler Bosworth. She had five siblings: Neil, Edith, Louise, Roland and Dorothy.

Her sister Louise was an important figure in sociological studies.(See her information: http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~sch00053).

Winifred went into the Chicago Art Institute at an early age. It is possible that she met Stanislaw Sukowski at that time, and apparently held him in high regard artistically and personally. A book of Sukowski’s work, given to Winifred by him, is in the SOU Library in Ashland, Oregon.

In 1912 Winifred went to Europe, traveling, drawing and taking art classes. She kept up a regular correspondence with her family (these letters are kept by the family in Oregon).

By this time she had been acquainted with Jerome Downes, also a very accomplished artist, for many years after meeting him in art school. She married Jerome in 1920, after resisting his courtship for 11 years while she tried to fulfill her career as an artist. Jerome became an architect. They traveled extensively and both enjoyed doing architectural studies and landscapes.

She was constantly interrupted in her artistic work by nervous breakdowns, often spending time in sanitariums (including one in Woodstock) where she worked on other crafts such as weaving and embroidery.

In the 1960s she was still painting, mainly portraits of her grandchildren and landscapes, until her eyes began to fail. She died in 1972.