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Elizabeth Tashjiaan, American painter, 1912-2007 | by Smithsonian Institution
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Elizabeth Tashjiaan, American painter, 1912-2007

Description: Elizabeth Tashjian, aka The Nut Lady, championed the nut by not only creating her own inventive portraits of a variety of nut and nutcrackers, but by opening her own nut museum in Old Lyme Connecticut. She was the daughter of aristocratic Armenian immigrants and studied at the New York school of Applied Design for Women as well as the National Academy of Design. Later in life, she appeared on the shows of Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Howard Stern and Chevy Chase, to promote nuts and the Nut Museum.


Creator/Photographer: Peter A. Juley & Son


Medium: Black and white photographic print


Dimensions: 8 in x 10 in


Culture: American


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Repository: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Photograph Archives


Collection: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection - The Peter A. Juley & Son Collection is comprised of 127,000 black-and-white photographic negatives documenting the works of more than 11,000 American artists. Throughout its long history, from 1896 to 1975, the Juley firm served as the largest and most respected fine arts photography firm in New York. The Juley Collection, acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1975, constitutes a unique visual record of American art sometimes providing the only photographic documentation of altered, damaged, or lost works. Included in the collection are over 4,700 photographic portraits of artists.


Accession number: J0056756

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Taken on July 25, 2005