Dimensions: 18 x 22 in. (45.7 x 55.9 cm)
Marks: Signed in lower left corner by artist, "E.M. Budd, 01"
Credit Line: Transferred from the Parks Library. In the Farm House Museum Collection, Farm House Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
In this still-life watercolor, purple and white lilacs with green leaves overflow from a white bowl. In the bottom left corner, the inscription “E.M. Budd, 01” signifies the artist’s name and the year the painting was created. This work of art was donated to the Farm House Museum by Dennis Wendell of Parks Library's Special Collections.
The painting was created in 1901 by Etta May Budd, who lived in the Farm House
with her family in 1877 while her father, Joseph Lancaster Budd, was a horticulture
professor. Etta May eventually became an art teacher at Simpson College, where she
met and established a friendship with student George Washington Carver. It was on Budd’s recommendation that Carver transferred to the Iowa Agricultural College to study horticulture in 1891, becoming the school’s first African American graduate. Carver went on to become a world-renowned botanist and agricultural researcher as well as Iowa State’s first African American professor.