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date: 14 October 2019

Greatorex, Eliza Prattlocked

(25 December 1819–09 February 1897)
  • April F. Masten

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Greatorex, Eliza Pratt (25 December 1819–09 February 1897), landscape painter and etcher, was born in Manor Hamilton, Ireland, the daughter of the Reverend James Calcott Pratt, a follower of John Wesley. Her mother’s name is unknown. As girls Eliza and her sister Matilda were allowed to study painting, literature, and music. For a time both girls sought literary careers. In 1840 the family moved to New York City, where Eliza Pratt began to concentrate on painting. In 1849 she married Henry Wellington Greatorex, an English emigrant and well-known organist; they had two children. The family traveled widely for Henry’s frequent concert and teaching engagements, but they made their home in Hartford, Connecticut. On returning from a visit to England, Henry Greatorex died unexpectedly in Charleston, South Carolina, on 10 September 1858....

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