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Elliot Daingerfield

Elliot wrote this about North Carolina:

“The glow sinks down, the dark grows deep: Then I hear a voice in the slumberous air, the soft, sweet sigh of closed wings: My soul uplifts in silent prayer, for I know the message the Spirit brings.”

Elliot Daingerfield (1859-1932) is considered one of North Carolina's most prolific artists. Elliot was born in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He spent his teenage years living in the Sandford House. The south parlor is designated "The Daingerfield Room" and pays homage to his memory.

Posthumously, two of Elliot's relatives donated one of his paintings entitled "Angel of Beauty" to The Woman's Club. A few of his paintings are showcased in the slideshow shown here.

Elliot married twice. His childhood sweetheart, Roberta Strange French, died during childbirth in 1891. His second wife, Anna Grainger (married 1895), bore two daughters named Gwendoline and Marjorie.

Elliot Daingerfield is buried in Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Professional Life

At 21, Elliot moved to New York and then to Europe to study art. He was inspired by the European Symbolist movement, and his influences included Impressionism and Romanticism in general to include the artist Ralph Albert Blakelock.

Around 1910, Elliot taught at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art). One of his prolific students was Theresa Bernstein who was once hailed as "painting like a man" - a divine compliment in the early 1900s.

Where to See Daingerfield's Works

In 1902, Elliot painted a mural for The Lady Chapel of the Church of St. Mary in New York City entitled "The Virgin." The North Carolina Museum of Art currently displays "Grand Canyon" and "Evening Glow." Also visit the Metropolitan Museum and The National Gallery, but The Morris Museum in Augusta, Georgia, houses Elliot's family archives, records and the largest collection of his work.

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