Sarah Orne Jewett House

Sarah Wyman Whitman Portrait in Parlor

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, growing up in Baltimore, Sarah de Prix Wyman married woolen goods merchant Henry Whitman. At the age of twenty-six, she embarked on a career as a professional artist. She was mentored by another Jewett friend, Charles Eliot Norton, professor of art at Harvard University.

As a member of the National Academy of Design (1877) and the Society of American Artists (1880), Sarah Wyman Whitman established a reputation as a serious artist and was considered one of the best painters in Boston. With an interest in the Arts and Crafts movement, however, book cover design became a greater passion.

Whitman’s portrait in the parlor of Jewett’s South Berwick home is displayed with Jewett books for which she designed the covers.