Alberta Kinsey (American/New Orleans, 1875-1952), "French Quarter Book Store", oil on canvas, signed lower left, 17 1/4 in. x 20 in., framed. Note: Upon her arrival to New Orleans in 1918, Alberta Kinsey quickly developed a deep fondness for the French Quarter, despite the fact that it was considered a less than desirable neighborhood for a woman living alone in the early twentieth century. Renting an apartment and studio in the Old Governor Claiborne Home at 628 Toulouse Street, Kinsey hosted the first meeting of the Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans and found herself at the center of the burgeoning artistic community in the city. Her love of the historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and plant-filled courtyards inspired her to depict many scenes of French Quarter daily life, such as the one of a French Quarter bookstore offered here.