Elizabeth Norton (1887-1985, American)

Elizabeth Norton (1887-1985, American) was a Chicago born artist who worked in woodcut, watercolor, oil and even sculpture. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Academy of Design and the Chase School in New York.

Elizabeth Norton, Little Grey Tabby Cat, 1926

Little Grey Tabby Cat, 1926

Norton moved to California in 1919 and founded the Palo Alto Arts Club in 1921. There she also began printmaking for which she is best known.

Orange Tabby, Elizabeth Norton, 1926

Orange Tabby, 1926

As a young girl Norton spent many hours sketching at the zoo in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. As a mature artist some of her finest original prints portray birds, cats, various primates and, most especially, dogs and horses. Many of her cat portraits are woodblock prints. Her keen observations of cats are reflected in her feline portraits. She was a successful artist during her lifetime and exhibited her works often. Unfortunately, her works of cats are limited in number. Even so, they are often listed for sale at art auctions.

Siamese Cat and Buddha, Elizabeth Norton

Siamese Cat and Buddha

Norton’s works can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, the Library of Congress, Achenbach Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, Fogg Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ezekiel, Elizabeth Norton, 1929

Ezekiel, 1929

Elizabeth Norton died in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California on August 6, 1985 and is buried in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery.

Tuxedo Cat, Elizabeth Norton


Two Siamese, Elizabeth Norton



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  1. The Little Grey Tabby Cat is so very classy. I would love to have a print of it.

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