Portrait of Florantha Thompson Sproat (1811-1883)
Cephas Thompson (1775-1856)
Florantha Thompson Sproat was born in Massachusetts, where her father was a portrait and landscape artist. She learned homemaking and married missionary Granville T. Sproat in 1838. Later that year, the couple moved to the Ojibwe mission at La Pointe on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. There, Florantha cooked and sewed and gave birth to her first child, Elvira. After the mission closed in 1845, the Sproats returned to Massachusetts. In 1854 they moved to California, where Florantha was among the pioneer settlers of the Yosemite Valley. This portrait was painted by her father in 1838 and presented to the Historical Society in 1942 by Elvira's daughter, Gertrude Hutchings Mills.
Oil on canvas
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