Watercolors and China Painting of Caroline Harrison
The collection of Caroline Scott Harrison's watercolors at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is the largest single holding of her work. (Other examples of her work may be found in the White House Collection and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NS DAR) Museum.) Although many of the watercolors are from nature, the subjects vary; yet all display her talent. Included in the collection are several of her orchid studies, and her studies of corn as a border design for the Harrison White House china.
The Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter (IN) of the DAR has a close relationship with the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and a number of chapter members serve as docents. When our curator proposed this project as a possibility for the DAR historic preservation project, the chapter readily agreed. The photography project offered the chapter a rare opportunity to participate in preservation and education efforts related to the life and work of a First Lady and the first President-General of the NS DAR.
Here are a few of Caroline Harrison's watercolors and china paintings.