Virginia “Jinny” Moe of Duluth donated this work to the the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Boy and Girl Holding Hands, ca. 1850, by Bennet.
Moe was a fascinating woman — a widow with a second career as a photographer and a collector of photography. After her husband’s death, she “used her Edina backyard as Minnesota’s first outdoor studio, specializing in family color portraits. In her first year as a professional, she was awarded the Louis Dworshak Award by the Minnesota Professional Photographers Association for the best portrait of the year.”
Prior to her husband’s death, Mrs. Moe’s life was notable, too; her obit claims she “graduated from Duluth Central High School, and earned a degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota in 1931. She and Dr. Moe were married the following year in Duluth, where she had earlier opened the city’s first nursery school.”
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