Alice Boughton – Photographer

Miss Alice Boughton, aged 77, of Beaver Dam road, Brookhaven, who retired about 12 years ago after establishing a widespread reputation as an artist with the camera, died Monday in the Southside hospital, Bay Shore.

Some of Miss Boughton’s work is exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York. While she was in the photographic field, Miss Boughton maintained two New York studios, one on Madison avenue and the other in the Bartholdi building, both in New York.

Born in the Columbia Heights section of Brooklyn on May 14, 1866, a daughter of the late William H. and Frances Ayres Boughton, Miss Boughton studied painting in Paris and at Pratt institute, Brooklyn, but became interested in photography after an apprenticeship in the studio of Gertrude Kasebier.

She became one of the early and most distinguished artist photographers of New York, her main work being portraiture, although she did many landscapes in this country and Europe, including the famous Rockefeller gardens at Pocantico Hills, N. Y.

Among her sitters were some of the most eminent people of her day, including Julia Ward Howe, Ellen Terry, William and Henry James, William Butler Yeats, Forbes Robertson, George Arliss, John Burroughs, Myra Hess, Yvette Guilbert, Arthur Davis, Gilbert Chersterton, Maxim Gorki, Albert Ryder and Dr. Abraham Jacobi.

Her greatly-enlarged photograph of Mme. Eleanore Duse hangs in the Duse Memorial Library.

Miss Boughton was a member of the Cosmopolitan club of New York for more than 30 years. She had lived in Brookhaven since her retirement.

She leaves a brother, Everett W. Boughton of Westport, Conn., two nieces, Mrs. H. E. Brinkerhotf and Mrs. J. B. Sanford, both of Redding, Conn., and a nephew, T/Cpl. James H. Boughton, who is in the chemical warfare service of the Army Air Forces, stationed at Walla Wall, Wash.

The funeral service was held at noon yesterday at the Boughton residence in Brookhaven, the Rev. Frederick Peters of Holbrook, officiating. Cremation took place at noon today in Fresh Pond, Queens.