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ORIANA WEATHERBEE DAY

(1838-1886)

19th-Century American Painter

By Danielle Peltakian

On September 9, 1838, Oriana Weatherbee Day was born in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She grew up in the Boston area and married physician William E. Rice. The couple had one daughter together and later divorced. Three of her paintings were displayed at the Twelfth Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association of 1874. In 1877, she moved to Vallejo, CA with her second husband John Adams Day. Between 1867 and 1884, she painted all of the 21 California missions. In 1882, she moved to San Francisco, where she died four years later at the age of 48.




COLLECTIONS

  • The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco- de Young Museum, CA
  • Marin County Historical Society, CA
  • Society of California Pioneers, CA
  • Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, CA
  • Bibliography

    1. 1. “Oriana Weatherbee Day,” AskArt.com, accessed 4/15/07.
    2. 2. Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Third ed. Sacramento, Calif.: Crocker Art Museum, 2002.
    3. 3. Falk, Peter Hastings ed., Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Vol. I, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.
    4. Posted on 4/16/07.

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