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Halpert, Edith Gregor (25 April 1900–06 October 1970), art dealer, was born Edith Gregoryevna Fivoosiovich in Odessa, Russia, the daughter of Gregor Fivoosiovich and Frances Lucom. Her father, who died in 1905, was a grain broker but also conducted a wine-and-spirits business with his wife. In 1906 Edith, her mother, and her sister left Russia for New York. There her mother shortened the family name to Fivisovitch. In 1914 Edith began to attend painting classes at the National Academy of Design in New York. Accounts of her next few years are murky and contradictory. It appears, however, that in 1916 she changed her name to Fein and, while continuing to study painting, took a job as a comptometer operator at Bloomingdale’s department store. By 1917 she had shown sufficient talent to become an assistant to the advertising manager of the Stern Brothers department store. In that position she not only created sketches for advertisements but also wrote copy....

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Sullivan, Mary Quinn (24 November 1877–05 December 1939), art teacher, collector, and dealer, was born Mary Josephine Quinn in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Thomas F. Quinn, a firefighter, and Anne E. Gleason. Her father’s parents were settlers from Ireland. The eldest child in her large family, she spent her early years on a farm in West Indianapolis until the family moved to Indianapolis. Although she was raised a Roman Catholic, her parents sent her to Shortridge High, a public high school, where she studied art. In 1899 she enrolled, with a scholarship, at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, registering for courses in composition, psychology, perspective, still life, and mechanical drawing. In 1901 she both completed her course work in art education and accepted a job in Queens as an instructor in drawing. Sent by the board of education to observe art schools in Europe, she visited Germany, Belgium, and England. In 1902 she traveled to France and Italy and first became aware of impressionist and postimpressionist painting....