From wiki: … “From early 1944 through May 1945, Browne served the USO as a Portrait Sketcher, volunteering three times a week, as her diaries now at the Boston Public Library indicate . Photographs of over 120 of these charcoal portraits of servicemen and women were made and presented to her and are archived in the Boston Public Library. Many of the photographs carry the names of the servicemen and women and a few wrote a heartfelt note to her on the back. Similar wartime efforts have been documented and help understand the support that she and others gave to the war.”
Cover illustration by Browne for The Modern Priscilla: A Magazine Exclusively for Women, September 1909.
As Raymond Agler, Fine Arts Dealer, writes on his web page:
“Browne’s love of the staged scene found perfect expression in her annual “Wax Works”, the tableau vivants that she produced every summer for 25 years at the Annisquam Sea Fair (which continues to the present, and was the subject of an article in the “New Yorker”). She had an uncanny talent for identifying facial similarities of the famous or infamous in the looks and manners of her neighbors–who were then recruited to pose as wax figures, the subjects ranging from Marat (with a gob of ketchup on his chest) in his bathtub, to Little Miss Muffet.”
WOW! JUST HAPPENED ACROSS THIS WEBSITE.. MY GRANDFATHER WAS PAINTED BY MARGARET FITZHUGH BROWNE , HIS PAINTING HANGS IN ANNISQUAM VILLIAGE HALL. HE IS KNOWN AS THE WHISTLING MAILMAN! I CANNOT FIND ANY PHOTO OF THE PAINTING THOUGH. JUST WONDERING IF THERE IS ONE. THANKS
Yes, I know that painting, it’s beautiful! I don’t think it would be that difficult to take a photo.