Edith M. Sansum (American/Louisiana, 1867-1934, act. New Orleans, 1884-1901), "Acadian Cabin", oil on canvas board, signed lower right, "W.E. Seebold, Bookseller, Stationer and Fine Art Dealer, N.O." label en verso, 8 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in., period frame. Provenance: Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection, Mobile, AL. Note: Edith Sansum’s family moved to New Orleans shortly after her birth. Her parents, who were originally from Barbados, had seven children and lived in the Uptown area, where Edith’s father, Oliver Baker Sansum, practiced law. From the age of sixteen, Sansum began studying art, excelling in both sketching and oil painting, for which she was awarded medals from the Black and White Club and the Artists’ Association of New Orleans. Studying with noted New Orleans artists such as Helen Maria Turner and Julia Massey, Sansum eventually became an art instructor, teaching private lessons from her parents’ home. After the year 1901, Sansum seems to have abruptly abandoned her art career, turning to clerical work. However, her lovely still life paintings and landscapes, such as the current lot depicting a cabin in rural Louisiana, attest to Sansum’s artistic talents.