Nurse, Elizabeth(1859–1938) painter; born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A descendant of Rebecca Nurse who was burned at the stake in Massachusetts (1692), Elizabeth studied at the McMicken School of Art (later the Cincinnati Art Academy) with T. S. Noble (1874–81, 1885–86). She studied in Paris (1887), became an expatriate there, painted forceful scenes of European peasant life, as in Peasant Woman of Borst (1891), and is considered an early social realist.
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