Warren and Julie Payne


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Still life


oil on canvas

signed, u.l.

24 x 23 inches (sight)

29 x 28 inches (frame)



Cora M. Wemyss (1856-1941)

The work of Cora M. Wemyss is in the Wonderland Way Collection at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. She was also featured in the 2013 exhibition The Artists of the Wonderland Way at the Carnegie Center for Art & History also in New Albany.


The artist first came to the attention of local collectors in the 2000 Louisville exhibition The Collectors’ Showcase: Artists of the Ohio Valley School and the Wonderland Way, 1883-1940. That catalog describes the New Albany native as working in real estate. Subsequent research shows that she had a house built in the Cedar Bough Place district of New Albany as rental property in 1905, and her first tenant was Paul Plaschke.


The artist is said to have studied in Cincinnati and Chicago. She exhibited at James L. Russell's Art Shop in New Albany, though the Collectors’ Showcase catalog says that she rarely sold her artwork. A large collection of her work reportedly was found in a New Albany mansion in 1994. Her name is sometimes misspelled Wemys and Weymss, and it is pronounced Weems.

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