Gertrude L. Pew

Gertrude L. Pew Robinson (March 25, 1876 – June 28, 1949) was an American artist who specialized in painting miniatures.

Gertrude L. Pew, from a 1914 publication.

Early lifeEdit

Gertrude L. Pew was born in Niles, Ohio, the daughter of Frederick Horace Pew and Mary Elizabeth Tucker Pew.[1][2] She trained as an artist at Cleveland School of Art, and in New York City and Paris.[3]


Illustrations by Gertrude L. Pew, from Ladies' Home Companion (March 1912).

Gertrude L. Pew had a studio at 30 W. 57th Street in New York City.[4] "New York has discovered a new miniature artist," commented one syndicated newspaper columnist in 1911, when Tiffany & Co. exhibited her work, crediting writer Robert W. Chambers with the find.[5] Pew painted on ivory,[6] often commissioned to paint portraits of well-known people or their children, including Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, J. Pierpont Morgan, Anton Lang, Otis Skinner, and Ethel Roosevelt Derby.[3][7] Her portrait miniatures of Alicia Dupont and Thomas Platt were displayed at the Philadelphia Water Color Exhibition in 1919.[8]

Pew also made illustrations for Ladies' Home Companion.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Gertrude L. Pew married Frederick George Robinson in 1921. She died in 1949, aged 73 years.[3]


  1. ^ Mary Sayre Haverstock, Jeannette Mahoney Vance, Brian L. Meggitt, eds. Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary (Kent State University Press 2000): 676. ISBN 9780873386166
  2. ^ John William Leonard, William Frederick Mohr, Herman Warren Knox, Frank R. Holmes, eds.Who's Who in New York City and State (L. R. Hamersly 1947): xvii.
  3. ^ a b c "Mrs. F. G. Robinson" New York Times (June 29, 1949): 27.
  4. ^ "Fine Miniatures" American Club Woman Magazine (January 1914): 7.
  5. ^ Rath, "Intimate Correspondence" Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (May 3, 1911): 6. via 
  6. ^ "Four Remarkable Miniatures on Ivory" The Times (October 6, 1912): 34. via 
  7. ^ "With the Artists" American Art News (January 24, 1914): 3.
  8. ^ Philadelphia Water Color Club, Catalogue of the Philadelphia Water Color Exhibition (1919): 13, 17.
  9. ^ Edith M. Weidenfeld, "The Spring Hat and its Relation to the Coiffure" Ladies' Home Companion (March 1912): 83.

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