Ellen Isham Schutt was a botanical illustrator. Born in Arlington, Virginia, she worked from at least 1904 to 1914 as a scientific illustrator with the United States Department of Agriculture. Between 1911 and 1915 she painted at least 286 original watercolors of fruits, mostly apples, which are now in the Special Collections of the University of California at Davis Library. She married in 1917, from which point she was known as Ellen Isham Schutt Wallis. She died in Falls Church, Virginia.
Inscriptions, Malaga Grapes: Signed lower right in ink: “E.I. Schutt — Fresno Calif. Sept. 12-’10. Inscribed lower left: No 49927 S.3. Malaga — Careful Pack. A.H. McKay — Fresno, Calif. Hold 2 weeks in iced car. Orange: Inscribed in pencil, lower right, “1618.”
Condition: Generally fine overall, the colors bright and rich, with only minor toning and wear, and slight irregularities to outer edges of margins.
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“Citrus sinensis: Dugats Improved.” USDA National Agricultural Library. http://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00006481(18 March 2015).
“Schutt, E.I. (Ellen Isham).” SNAC, University of Virginia. 2 August 2012. http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=schutt-e-i-ellen-isham-cr.xml (18 March 2015).
“Schutt, Ellen Isham. Pomological Watercolors.” UC Davis University Library. http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/specol/collections/manuscripts/index.php?collection=537 (18 March 2015).