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|Port Townsend resident (art from circa 1885-87)
Her interest in art extended to the end of her life. Port Townsend by then had quite an art colony, and Mrs. McCormack [Adeline Willoughby McCormack, Sarah's daughter] says: Mother often came and posed for us by the hour.
Introduction and Biography
Sarah Cheney Willoughby (1841-1913) left her native state of Massachusetts in 1862, and sailed to Seattle via Panama to become an art instructor at the University of Washington. Lacking art students she taught music instead and finally moved to Port Townsend for another teaching post. There she met and married Captain Charles Willoughby, United States Office of Indian Affairs agent. Willoughby and her family were close friends of James Swan. Willoughby died in Port Townsend, in 1913, at the age of 72.
A) Original artwork
UW Libraries holds 11 original pencil and crayon sketches, made during Willoughby's stay in Quinault, which are displayed in the Special Collections Conference Room. Willoughby's daughter, Adeline Willoughby McCormack, donated them to Special Collections in 1950.
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B) Personal papers
The Charles Willoughby Papers, 1832-1888, Accession number 4972, includes stories and correspondence by Sarah Cheney Willoughby.