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O. P. Staber (c.1880–1922)
Salon No. 2
Exhibiting a circa 1898 panel
of a "Mediaeval Falconer"

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Mediaeval Falconer, View 1
By O.P. Staber, circa 1898

Pyrography and low-relief pyroengraving on unframed wood panel
Measuring 12 in. wide by 18 in. high

In a private collection

Mediaeval Falconer, Views 2 and 3
Panel Verso, showing placement of inscription followed by
a detail image showing the artist's signature and address

Pyroengraved inscription is as follows:
Burned by
O. P. Staber.
360 Clinton St.

Mediaeval Falconer, View 4, Detail

Mediaeval Falconer, View 5, Detail

Mediaeval Falconer, View 6, Detail

Mediaeval Falconer, View 7, Detail
By O.P. Staber, circa 1898

Pyrography and low-relief pyroengraving on unframed wood panel
Measuring 12 in. wide by 18 in. high

In a private collection

American artist O. P. Staber, like J. William Fosdick, exhibited at the prestigious Architectural League of New York during the years 1893–1904. Although the panel displayed here is signed, unfortunately it is untitled and undated. Because the artist did inscribe her address along with her signature, we do have that much to indicate she is the same artist listed in the catalogues of the Architectural League; her full name was Ottilie Pamela Staber, and later, also Mrs. William Scott Douglas. Thanks to researcher Steffanie Lynch, we have the images displayed here, as well as a significant amount of biographical information, as follows:

"O.P. Staber was an educated woman, who received her academic education in Packer Collegiate Institute and Adelphi College of Brooklyn, where, in addition to the ordinary branches, she had courses in English, United States, and French History, as well as American, English, and German Literature. She also studied one year in a general academic course in Germany. Her education in Art was received in the Brooklyn Art School, New York School of Applied Design, Pratt Institute, in Germany, and in Teachers' College New York, where she was President of the Class of 1902.

She had one prior year of experience as teacher of Art in the Millersville Normal School of Pennsylvania before accepting the post of teacher of Drawing in the Model Department of the New Jersey School District at the beginning of the school year September 1903.

On May 16, 1906, Ottilie married William Scott Douglas of Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Douglas had been married before and already had two daughters. He was a prominent member of society and a businessman as documented in Men Of America: a biographical dictionary of contemporaries, Volume 1, edited by John William Leonard (1908). Following is an excerpt about William Scott Douglas from that publication:

'Manufacturer; born in Brooklyn, New York, October 17, 1859; son of George Bruce Douglas and Henrietta Louisa (Scott) Douglas. He was educated in private schools in Brooklyn, and afterward engaged in business pursuits, and he is now president and director of the Douglas Manufacturing Company. Mr. Douglas is a Republican in political belief and a Congregationalist in denominational connection. He is a member of the Crescent Athletic Club of Brooklyn, and the Drug and Chemical and Sphinx Clubs of New York City. Mr. Douglas has been twice married, first in New York City, June 5, 1890, to Elizabeth B. Robins, and second, at Brooklyn, May 16, 1906, to Ottilie P. Staber, and he has two children: Dorothy Douglas (born April 26, 1891), and Alison Douglas (born April 16, 1894 [corrected from 1804]). Residence: 263 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York. Address: 6466 Poplar Street, Brooklyn, New York.'

William Douglas died suddenly from a heart attack while eating dinner at the table just short of their 2-year anniversary on April 22, 1908. ...Ottilie never had children of her own and she never married again. She was listed in several Long Island blue books and society registers during the time she was a widow. She was buried alongside her husband on February 18, 1922, at the Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn (Kings County) New York."

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