Catharine Carter “Kate” Critcher

Oak Grove, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA
Death 11 Jun 1964 (aged 95)
Blackstone, Nottoway County, Virginia, USA
Burial Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 89288885 View Source
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Catharine Carter Critcher* ("Kate" to family and friends), who was a native of Westmoreland County Virginia, died at the age of 95, in a nursing home in Blackstone (near Farmville), Nottoway County, Virginia on Thursday, 11 June 1964. She was never married and had no children. Her most famous beau was the civil war soldier John Mosby (known to many historians as the `Gray Ghost of the Confederacy').

Catharine Critcher was born at "Audley" in Oak Grove, and was the 4th daughter of the late Judge John Critcher, and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Thomasia Kennon (Whiting) Critcher. She was the youngest of five children, the others being three sisters and one brother: Elizabeth Whiting Critcher (named after her mother, died during the Civil War from swallowing a bullet at the age of 5), Anne Wythe Mallory Critcher, John Critcher, and Louisa "Lulie" Kennon Critcher.

Catherine Critcher was a well-known artist who studied at the Cooper Union Art School, the Corcoran Art School and the Julien Academy in Paris, France.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church in Old Town Alexandria, a charter member of the Arts Club of Washington, the only female member of the TAOS Society of Artists in New Mexico, a member of the Society of Washington Artists and a member of the Association of American Painters in Paris. She has exhibited paintings in the Corcoran Gallery, the National Academy of Design, New York; New Parkway Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas; New Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Boston Arts Club, Boston, Massachusetts; and was a winner of a number of prize awards. In addition, she taught in art schools in Paris, France and Washington, D.C.

Although Catharine Critcher is primarily known for her Southwestern art and her work can be found in such places as the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, among her other works are portraits of notable persons: Bishop Randolph of Lynchburg, Bishop Jett of Roanoke, Dr. Crawford of the Virginia Theological Seminary, and President Woodrow Wilson.

At the time of her death, she was survived by her nieces; Dorothy Duncan (Gatewood) North, Harriet Whiting (Gatewood) Jenkins, and Hildreth (Gatewood) Savage; her grandnieces, Elizabeth Whiting (North) Clark, Wythe (Jenkins) Crosser; her grandnephews, Gatewood Jenkins, and Toy Dixon Savage, Jr.; her great grandnieces, Leslie Littleton Clark, Anne Critcher (Clark) Smith, Hildreth Crosser, Tracy Gatewood Savage, Sally (Jenkins) Segar, Nancy Jenkins, Betsy Jenkins, and her great grandnephew, Toy Dixon Savage, III.

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