Now, just as I was writing the above, I remembered my recent post, Further early C20th images of women of the Touraine with its portrayal of a young, local Touraine woman in traditional bonnet. This picture I’d identified as being “by B. McManus(?)”.
Now a little research on t’interweb produced the following information:Blanche McManus (born 1870) was an American writer and artist. She and her husband, Milburg Francisco Mansfield, wrote a series of illustrated travel books, many of which contained automobiles which were new at the time. She was born in East Feliciana Parish in the old French state of Louisiana in 1870, she lived in France for quite a few years and died in Woodville, Louisiana on 13 June 1935.
Enjoy her work below and you can find other examples of her artistry on one of my previous blogs.