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Candace Wheeler: The Art and Enterprise of American Design, 1875–1900

October 10, 2001–January 6, 2002

Later Life

Wheeler's later life, including the years she spent at her beloved Onteora—the artists' colony she founded in New York State's Catskill Mountains—is the focus of the gallery that concludes the exhibition. Wheeler was a prolific writer, and she spent much of her "retirement" writing books and articles on decorating and the textile arts, as well as fiction. Photographs, drawings, and paintings of Onteora are on view, in addition to a selection of some of her best-known books. A highlight of this section is a charming pastel portrait of the eighty-three-year-old Wheeler, drawn by her daughter Dora in 1910. Wheeler published her last book in 1921, and died in 1923, at the age of ninety-six.