Elizabeth Janes Putnam Borglum (1848-1922). Painter.
Born in Racine, WI on Dec. 21, 1848. Elizabeth Jaynes studied art and music in Boston, NYC, and Paris. Her marriage to J. W. Putnam ended in divorce. While in Milwaulkee she taught music before moving to San Francisco in 1881. She continued her art studies there with William Keith and at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and L. P. Latimer. Moving to Los Angeles in 1884, she was a leader in the small art community. In 1889 she married John Gutzon Borglum who was her pupil and 19 years younger. John Borglum a sculptor is known for his famous work of the heads of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Rossevelt at Mt. Rushmore. The Borglums then spent the next ten years studying and exhibiting in Europe. Due to marital problems she returned to southern California in 1902. Settling in Sierra Madre, she painted and taught at her studio "El Rosario." Divorced in 1908, Mrs. Borglum was active there until her death in Venice, CA on May 21, 1922. Elizabeth Borglum's work is rooted in the Tonalist-Barbizon esthetic.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786-1940"