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Catharine Critcher

September 13, 1868 - June 11, 1964


Catharine Carter Critcher died at the age of 95, in a nursing home near Farmville, 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”). She was a native of Westmoreland County and a daughter of my 2nd great grandfather, the late Judge John Critcher, and Elizabeth Whiting Critcher.

Kate was the youngest of five children, the others being three sisters and one brother:

• Elizabeth Whiting Critcher (named after her mother, and who died during the Civil War from swallowing a bullet at the age of 5. John Critcher, one of Robert E Lee\’s Lt. Colonel\’s of Cavalry, was captured in Chancellorsville during the Civil War when attending his oldest daughter\’s funeral.

• Anne Wythe Mallory Critcher (my great grandmother and name sake); John Critcher;

• Louisa Kennon Critcher.

• John Critcher

Aunt Kate was a well known artist who studied at the Cooper Union Art School, the Corcoran Art School and the Julian Academy in Paris, France. She was a member of the Episcopal Church, a charter member of the Arts Club of Washington, a 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.

She taught in art schools in Paris, France and Washington, D.C. Included in the portraits she has painted of notable persons are those of: Bishop Randolph of Lynchburg, Bishop Jett of Roanoke, Dr. Crawford of the Virginia Theological Seminary, and President Woodrow Wilson.

When she died, she was survived by her nieces, my grandmother, Dorothy Duncan (Gatewood) North, and my grandmother\’s two sisters, Harriet (Gatewood) Jenkins, and Hildreth (Gatewood) Savage; her grandnieces, Elizabeth Whiting (North) Clark (my mother), Wythe (Jenkins) Crosser; her grandnephews, Gatewood Jenkins, and Toy Dixon Savage, Jr.; her great grandnieces, Leslie Littleton Clark, Anne Critcher Clark, Hildreth Crosser, Tracy Savage, Sally Jenkins, Nancy Jenkins, and Betsy Jenkins; and her great grandnephew, Toy Dixon Savage, III.

Aunt Kate was buried in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia. (The same cemetery as my great-great grandparents Judge John Critcher and Elizabeth Whiting Critcher, as well as her sister Louisa “Lulie” Kennon Critcher.

Bio provided by the artist\’s niece, Anne Critcher Clark Smith.

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