Eloise Polk McGill
(1868 - 1939)
Painter Eloise Polk Mcgill was born in Independence, Texas. She was a direct descendant of President James Knox Polk, and a grandniece of Judge R. E. B. Baylor, the founder of Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. She studied in San Antonio with Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, and in New York City with William Merritt Chase. She also studied landscape painting at the Cape Cod School of Art, in Massachusetts, and with Robert Reid in Paris, France. McGill was a member of the Southern States Art League; San Antonio Art League; and Texas Fine Arts Association.
From 1888 through the late 1920s, McGill participated in the Edgar B. Davis Competition at the Witte Art Museum, in San Antonio. She later started her own art school, naming it the Edgar B. Davis School of Wildflower Painting.
McGill began her studies with San Antonio artist Robert Jenkins Onderdonk (1852-1917) and then at the Art Students' League under William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). She traveled to Paris and studied there with Robert Reid (1862-1929).
After her studies, she continued to paint, teach and exhibit her works. She exhibited extensively, beginning in 1888 at the age of 20. She exhibited a canvas in San Antonio's first art exhibit in 1894 and later in the late 1920's she exhibited several canvases at the prestigious Edgar B. Davis national competition, held at the Witte Museum, and at the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936, held at the Dallas Museum of Art.
McGill was a member of the San Antonio Art League; Southern States Art League & the Texas Fine Arts Association.
McGill's works are in numerous public and private collections.