Doerfler, Isabella Ruth

Doerfler, Isabella Ruth (1883-1954)

Isabella Ruth Doerfler was born 1883 in Meriden, Connecticut. She began painting at the age of ten while attending Meriden public schools. She graduated from the Yale School of Art. She was a teacher, children’s book illustrator, designer for publishing houses, and decorator of antiques. Doerfler was a member of the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden and the Association of Connecticut Artists. In 1936, under the WPA Federal Arts Project, she worked on the Index of American Design. She was considered to be  “one of the best renderers of textiles in New England.” She completed 62 works for the WPA. Her works were allocated to Undercliff Sanatorium, the Soldiers’ Home in Rocky Hill, Connecticut Farm for Women, Norwich State Hospital, Connecticut State College, and the West Hartford School System. During WORLD WAR 1I, she worked in the mechanical drawing department of a defense plant. Doerfler died on November 15, 1954, at the age of 71.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; “Antique Decorating Is Being Revived In Area by Yale Art School Graduate,” New Haven Register,February 26, 1950; Jane Bouley to Mark Jones, July 4, 2008, e-mail with attachments.

Isabella Ruth Doerfler

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Isabella Doerfler:

Old Russell House:  
Academy on Branford Green:  
Sketches on Branford Green:  
Historical Map of Branford:  
Flower Study- Rug: watercolor
The Red Barn: watercolor
An Old Fashioned Garden: watercolor
Study of Petunias: watercolor
The Brass Candlestick: watercolor
My Neighbor’s Dwelling: watercolor
The Gold Bowl- Flower Study: watercolor
Gems of Summer- Flower Study: watercolor
Zinnia Study with Aqua Bowl: watercolor
A Gift Bouquet- Flower Study: watercolor
Friendship- Flower Study with Cigarettes: watercolor
Flower Study of Petunias: watercolor
Flower Study- China Duck: watercolor
Flower Study-The Red Goblet: watercolor
Flowers in Bronze Pot: watercolor
A Pink & Blue Bouquet: watercolor
Flowers: watercolor
Roses and Batchelor [sic] Buttons: watercolor
Still Life- Grapes: watercolor
Granite Bay: watercolor
In the Path of the Hurricane: watercolor
Landscape #1: watercolor
Backyard After Hurricane: watercolor
Flower Study and Books: watercolor
Barn: watercolor
Branford Boat Yard: watercolor
Sword fishing Boat: watercolor
Still Life Study- Flowers: watercolor
Wong- Still Life: watercolor
Harvest Time: oil
The Barn Yard: oil
The Old Hay Cart: oil
Snow Scene: watercolor
Geisha Girl: watercolor
Portrait of a Rose: watercolor
Painted Box: watercolor
Guilford Chest: watercolor
Guilford Chest: watercolor
Hartford Chest: pen & ink
Hartford Chest: pen & ink
Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Coverlet: watercolor
Bed Valance: watercolor
Cuffs: watercolor
Jenny Lind Figurehead: watercolor
Pigeon: watercolor
Embroidered Valance: watercolor
Cuffs: watercolor
Jenny Lind Figurehead: watercolor
Pigeon: watercolor
Embroidered Valance: watercolor
Cow and Calf: watercolor
Details of Horse Dress: watercolor
Embroidered Purse: watercolor
October in New England: watercolor
Daffodils & Pussy Willows: watercolor
Spring Flowers: watercolor
Flower Study- Blue Background: watercolor
Blossoming Plant: watercolor
Doerfler, Isabella Ruth