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Mrs. Stephen Van Rensselaer Cruger (1850-1920)
Date: 1893
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Medium: Watercolor on ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 3 x 2 1/8 in. ( 7.6 x 5.4 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
Object Number: 1905.52
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Julie Grinnell Storrow was the daughter of Thomas Wentworth Storrow of Boston and the grandniece of Washington Irving. She married Stephen Van Rensselaer Cruger (1844-98), great-great-grandson of John Cruger, Sr., on April 21, 1868. While living in Russia while her husband was the American ambassador there, Mrs. Cruger wrote her first novel, "A Diplomat's Diary" (1890), under the pen name Julien Gordon. She married her second husband, Wade Chance, in 1908; the couple divorced in 1915.


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