Gertrude Partington Albright Biography

Gertrude Partington Albright




Gertrude Partington Albright was born in Heysham, England on September 11, 1874. Her father, John H. E. Partington, was also an artist and it was from him that she received her education and art training. Her family moved to San Francisco, California in 1880. She returned to Europe to study at the Academie Delecluse and with G. X. Prinet. Her study in Paris included learning intaglio techniques such as etching and drypoint.

Partington returned to San Francisco and opened a studio at 220 Post Street where she did her painting and printmaking. She married artist Herman Oiver Albright in 1917 and joined the faculty at the California School of Fine Arts where she taught until her retirement in 1946.

Albright was a very active participant in the San Francisco art scene and was a member of the San Francisco Art Association, Club Beaux Arts, charter member of the California Society of Etchers and a member and director of the San Francisco Society of Women Artists. Albright taught painting and etching at the California School of Fine Arts where she was appointed Associate Professor of painting and drawing.

She exhibited at the Salon International des Beaux Arts, the Carnegie Institute, the Corcoran Gallery, and the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition where she was awarded a bronze medal for painting. Her work is in the collections of the City of San Francisco, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California Art.

Gertude Partington Albright died in San Francisco on September 7, 1959.