Hale, Ellen Day
- Phyllis Peet
Hale, Ellen Day (11 February 1855–11 February 1940), oil and mural painter and etcher, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Edward Everett Hale, an author, orator, and Unitarian clergyman, and Emily Baldwin Perkins. Hale was the eldest child and only daughter in her family of seven brothers, of whom only five lived to adulthood. She assumed the surrogate mother duties of an eldest daughter, extending her caretaking to serving as her father’s hostess in Washington, D.C., from 1904, when he was appointed chaplain to the U.S. Senate, to his death in 1909. From an early age she determinedly pursued a career in art, working and traveling as much as her commitment to family responsibilities would allow. Hale’s mother encouraged Ellen and her brothers, who included the artist ...