Charlotte Fuller Eastman (1878-1965)
Sketch of Workers, undated. Graphite on paper

Charlotte Fuller Eastman (1878-1965)
Sketch of Workers
Graphite on paper
Mystic Museum of Art Permanent Collection
Donated by Bernard and Carol Bartick

Charlotte Fuller Eastman was a native of Norwich, Connecticut, where she attended both Norwich Free Academy and The Norwich Art School, before relocating to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. In Boston, Charlotte met her husband Guy Warner Eastman, a student at MIT and member of the Eastman Kodak business. The union was unfortunately short-lived, as soon afterwards Guy was struck and killed by a train at Back Bay Station in Boston. Charlotte went to live with his parents in Chicago after the accident, where she attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Throughout the first decade of the 20th Century, Charlotte had a successful career illustrating books.

By 1909 Charlotte was back in Connecticut, working as a substitute teacher at The Norwich Art School before becoming Director in 1912, a position she would hold until 1943 when she was succeeded by Margaret L. Triplett, whose work is also included in this exhibition. During this tenure Eastman also found time to study at the Art Students League in New York, the Pennsylvania Academy, and the Académie Colarossi in Paris. In 1928 she exhibited at the Salon d’Automne—the Autumn Salon—in Paris.

The workers depicted in this sketch are believed to be employees of the Groton, Connecticut based Electric Boat Company, now known as General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB). Founded in 1899, GDEB has been the primary builder of submarines for the United States Navy for over a century.