When Maud Howe Elliott (1854-1948) died, Maxim Karolik (1893-1963), the great patron of American art and benefactor of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, sent a letter to the Newport Daily News. He wrote, "I am not sure whether we all realize what the passing of Maud Howe Elliott means to us Newporters. I think she epitomized the cultural life of Newport ... If we are interested in Newport as a progressive New England town, we must keep Mrs. Elliott's torch burning for our cultural life here."' Karolik, recognized a kindred spirit in Maud Howe Elliott, who focused on raising the profile of American artists working in Newport. Using her voice and her pen, Elliott advocated for American artists, and deserves recognition for this early championship of them, particularly of those colonial artists whose names are renowned today.
Grinnell, Nancy Whipple
"Carrying the Torch in Newport: The Arts Advocacy of Maud Howe Elliott,"
Newport History: Vol. 74
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol74/iss252/2