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Jean Halter
Jean Halter, Parry Mansion, New Hope
Jean Harris Halter was born in 1916 and spent her youth between Thornburg, Pennsylvania. She studied art at Converse College. In 1939 she married Robert Halter, a musician with a travelling band. Jean took care of their two little daughters and began to paint antique chairs for Grace Lavery, an antique dealer in New Hope. Jean and her husband started collecting and selling antiques, and she used her artistic talents retouching antiques, modelling doll heads, embroidering doll clothes and 'antiquing' them. At one time, she studied sculpture with Selma Burke, who quickly became a family friend. In her later years she spent her time making sculptures, paintings and embroideries that resembled early American works. She also was very creative in her gardening, which not many people saw, since she was a fairly private person. Her world revolved around her husband, home, and a few friends and her handiwork. She died at the age of 66, in early 1981, in New Hope, and her husband followed her soon after.
oil on board, 12" x 16"
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