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WESSEL Bessie H. (Bessie Hoover)   Nationality : American

Bessie Wessel moved to Cincinnati as a youngster. She enrolled in the Cincinnati Art Academy, first studying with Lewis Henry Meakin and then Herman Wessel. She became a frequent exhibitor of her portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and miniatures which she painted on ivory. While teaching she got to know her colleague and future husband Herman Wessel. Together Bessie and Herman became leading figures in the art world of Cincinnati. They shared a studio near their home in Eden Park, where they spent the rest of their lives and often exhibited together. She was particularly acclaimed for her child portraiture and eventually painting over two-hundred portraits.

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