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Wright Studies
MAMAH BORTHWICK CHENEY (1903 - S.104)
 
  BIOGRAPHY    PHOTOGRAPHS & POSTCARDS    BOOKS    NEWS ARTICLES 
 
Mamah Borthwick Cheney  (June 19, 1869 - August 15, 1914) Mamah Borthwick was born in Boone, Iowa.  She received a BA at the University of Michigan, and later worked as a librarian in Port Huron, Michigan.  In 1899, she married Edwin Cheney, an electrical engineer from Oak Park, Illinois, USA.  They had two children: John (1902) and Martha (1905).  Edwin commissioned Wright to design them a home in 1903.  In 1909, Mamah and Frank left their respective spouses and traveled to Europe, settling in Italy for about a year.  Upon their return, they settled at Taliesin   in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  On August 15, 1914, one of Wright's recently hired domestic workers murdered Mamah, both her children, three of Wright's associates, and a son of one of the associates.  He set fire to one wing of Taliesin, and murdered the seven people with an ax as they tried to escape the fire.  At the time, Wright was overseeing work on Midway Gardens in Chicago. Catherine Wright refused to give Wright a divorce until November 13, 1922. 
 
TIMELINE OF WRIGHT'S RELATIONSHIP TO MAMAH BORTHWICK CHENEY:
1903. Wright designs home for Edwin H. and Mamah Borthwick Cheney.
1904. Cheney home completed. Wright continues to develop relationship with Mrs. Cheney.
1909. About June 28, 1909, Mrs. Cheney left Mr. Cheney. Travels to Colorado to visit a friend.
1909. Late October, Wright leaves his family and his practice. Takes a train to New York City where he meets Mrs. Cheney. They immediately board a ship bound for Europe. On Sunday, November 7, 1909 the Chicago Tribune reported the Wright and Cheney were discovered in Berlin. They settle in Florence, Italy for about a year.
1909. Wright turns over Oak Park studio to architect Herman von Holst.
1911. Wright returned to the United States and settled at Taliesin with Mrs. Cheney.
1911. August 6, 1911, Edwin H. Cheney secured a divorce from his wife with custody of the children.
1914. On August 15, 1914, one of Wright's recently hired domestic workers murdered Mamah, both her children, three of Wright's associates, and a son of one of the associates.
 
 

PHOTOGRAPHS & POSTCARDS

   
Date: Circa 1905

Title: Martha “Mamah” Bouton Borthwick Cheney (June 19, 1869 - August 15, 1914)

Description: Mamah Borthwick was born in Boone, Iowa.  She received a BA at the University of Michigan, and later worked as a librarian in Port Huron, Michigan.  In 1899, she married Edwin Cheney, an electrical engineer from Oak Park, Illinois, USA.  They had two children: John (1902) and Martha (1905).  Edwin commissioned Wright to design them a home in 1903.  In 1909, Mamah and Frank left their respective spouses and traveled to Europe, settling in Italy for about a year.  Upon their return, they settled at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  On August 15, 1914, one of Wright's recently hired domestic workers murdered Mamah, both her children, three of Wright's associates, and a son of one of the associates.  He set fire to one wing of Taliesin, and murdered the seven people with an ax as they tried to escape the fire.  At the time, Wright was overseeing work on Midway Gardens in Chicago. Catherine Wright refused to give Wright a divorce until November 13, 1922.  Note on Verso, dated 11/15/22 (two days after divorce was granted) “Old love of famous architect who is divorced.  Photo is of Mamah Borthwick Cheney who fled with Frank Lloyd Wright to a ‘Love Hegira’ in Japan, and who died in the flames of the 'Love Bungalow' of herself and Wright, at Spring Green, Wis.  Note: Chicago Herald & Examiner of November 15th carried story of Frank Lloyd Wright divorce.”  Very few images exist.  Meryle Secrest notes in a portrait caption “Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography” 1992, page 196, “The only known photograph of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, published in the Chicago Tribune at the time of her murder, in 1914.” 

Size: Original silver gelatin 8.5 x 6.5 photograph.

S#: 0058.02.0307

   
Date: Circa 1909

Title: Portrait of Mrs. E. H. (Mamah Borthwick) Cheney

Description: Chicago Tribune Photograph. Published in the Chicago Tribune on August 6, 1911 at the time of her divorce and in 1914 at the time of her death.

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography" Secrest,1992, page 196; "Frank Lloyd Wright, An Interpretive Biography", Twombly, 1973, page 92.

(Note: Mamah Borthwick married Edwin Cheney when she was thirty.  Could this possibly be her wedding photograph? 1899?)

Size: 4.25 x 6 Print, High res digital image.

S#: 0085.05.0509

   
Date: Circa 1910-1914

Title: Mamah Borthwick Cheney

Description: She appears to be just a little older in this photograph than in the other two available photographs. Note: she was 45 at the time of her death (1914). She would have been 41 years old in 1910.

Published in “Many Masks” Gill, 1987, page 207.

Size: 4.75 x 6.5 Print, High res digital image.

S#: 0094.05.0609

   
Very few images of Mamah Borthwick Cheney exist.  The two below on the right are the only other images located to date.  Meryle Secrest notes in a portrait caption (center image below)  “Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography” 1992, page 196, “The only known photograph of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, published in the Chicago Tribune at the time of her murder, in 1914.” 
Detail of photo above
Mamah Borthwick Cheney (1909)
Mamah Borthwick Cheney
   
  Mamah Borthwick and Edwin H. Cheney Residence, Oak Park Illinois (1903 - S.104). Set of twenty B&W images, photographed on February 11, 1972.
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence, viewed from the street, looking Northeast in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#1) Terrace is seen in the forefront of the home, entrance is on the right side of the home. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #1 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.13.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence, viewed from the street, looking Northeast in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#2) Terrace is seen on the left, stairs on the right lead to the entrance of the home. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #2 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.14.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Entrance, viewed from the South in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#3) Study is seen on the left, like many of Wright’s designs, the Entrance is hidden in he center. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #3 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.15.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Study in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#4) The Dining Room is seen in the background on the left, the Living Room is seen in the foreground. The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #4 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.16.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Study in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#5) The Dining Room is seen in the background on the left, the Living Room is seen in the foreground. The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #5 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.17.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Southeast corner in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#6) The Dining Room can be seen in the background on the left, the Living Room is seen in the foreground. The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #6 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.18.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Southeast corner in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#7) The Dining Room can be seen in the background on the left, the Living Room is seen in the foreground. The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #7 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.19.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Southeast corner in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#8) The Dining Room can be seen in the background on the left, the Living Room is seen in the foreground. The Fireplace is on the far right. The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #8 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.20.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Southeast corner in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#9) The Dining Room can be seen in the background on the left, the Living Room is seen in the foreground. The Fireplace is on the right. The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #9 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.21.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Southeast corner in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#10) The Dining Room can be seen in the background on the left, the Living Room is seen in the foreground. The Fireplace is on the far right. The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #10 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.22.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Study, viewed from the Living Room in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#11) The Study can be seen in the background on the right, the Living Room book shelves are on the left. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #11 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 6.1 x 10 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.23.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Study, viewed from the Living Room in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#12) The Study can be seen in the background on the right, the Living Room book shelves are on the left. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #12 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 6.1 x 10 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.24.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Study, viewed from the Living Room in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#13) The Study can be seen in the background on the right, the Living Room book shelves are on the left. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #13 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 6.1 x 10 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.25.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Dining Room, viewed from the Northwest corner of the Living Room in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#14) The Kitchen is behind the wall on the far right. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #14 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.26.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Dining Room, viewed from the Northwest corner of the Living Room in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#15) The Kitchen is behind the wall on the far right. Built-in Dining Room Cabinets on the far right. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #15 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.27.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Dining Room, viewed from the Living Room in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#16) The Dining Room ceiling pattern is prominent in the top half. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #16 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 6.1 x 10 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.28.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Dining Room, viewed from the Living Room in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#17) The Living Room ceiling pattern is uninterrupted from the Study (behind camera), across the Living Room ceiling, to the Dining Room. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #17 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.29.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Southeast corner in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#18) The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. The Dining Room can be seen in the background. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #18 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.30.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence Living Room, viewed from the Southeast corner in 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#19) The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. The Dining Room can be seen in the background. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #19 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 10 x 6.1 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.31.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence 1972, (1903 - S.104).

Description: (#20) The Living Room can be seen straight ahead. The Dining Room is on the right. Caption: "Frank Lloyd Wright house owned by Stew Roberts, 520 N. East Avenue, Oak Park." Image #20 of 20, from a roll of 35mm B&W negatives. Photographed by Krejcsi, February 11, 1972. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun -Times.

Size: 6.1 x 10 B&W photograph and 35mm B&W negative.

S#: 1909.32.0911

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence (1903 - S.104) 1972.

Description: Viewed from the sidewalk, looking Southeast. Terrace is seen on the right, stairs on the left lead to the back entrance into the kitchen. Label on verso: "Date: May 2, 1972. Photographer: Walter Kale. Caption: Edwin Cheney house, 520 N. East Ave. Oak Park." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10 x 7 B&W Photograph.

S#: 1909.40.0512

   
Date: 1972

Title: Cheney Residence (1903 - S.104)

Description: Viewed from the sidewalk, looking Northeast. Terrace is seen on the left, stairs on the right lead to the entrance of the home. Label on verso: "Date: May 2, 1972. Photographer: Walter Kale. Caption: Edwin Cheney house, 520 N. East Ave. Oak Park." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10 x 7 B&W Print.

S#: 1909.34.0112

   
Date: 1974

Title: Mamah Borthwick and Edwin H Cheney Residence (1903 - S.104)

Description: Caption pasted on verso: "Stewart and Betty Roberts are looking for someone to live n - and love - their home, without making any changes." Article pasted to verso: "Stewart and Betty Roberts of Oak park have a painstakingly restored 11-room Frank Lloyd Wright house for sale, and almost anyone with $99,000 can have it. But only if the buyer promises not to make any changes. Certainly everyone knows of Wright and of the elegant beauty f the prairie homes he designed. Anyone can view the outside of a dozen of these homes - including this one, the Cheney house built in 1904 - on the regularly scheduled walking tours of Oak Park every Sunday afternoon. It’s surprising then to the Robertses that many potential buyers not only don’t appreciate a Wright house but also would want o rip out rooms, paint the natural wood trim and beams and make other changes that would undermine the warm and comfortable character of this classic house. The Robertses are looking for someone who would love and live in this architectural artwork without making any changes... By Jerry De Muth." Stamped on verso: "Jun 23 1974". Acquired from the archives of the Sun-Times.

Size: Original 10.5 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1963.05.0311

   
Date: 1975

Title: Cheney Residence (1903 - S.104)

Description: Viewed from the sidewalk, looking Southeast. The stairs on the left lead past the gardens on the ride of the house to the back entrance. The Terrace can be seen on the right. Stamped on the verso: "Mar 11 1975. Chicago Tribune Photo by Ray Gora". Clipping pasted to verso: "The Edwin Cheney home designed by Wright in 1904, at 520 N. East Av., Oak Park." Stamped on clipping: "Mar 20 1975". Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10 x 7 B&W Print.

S#: 1996.10.0112

   
Date: 1975

Title: Cheney Residence (1903 - S.104) Living Room 1975.

Description: The Living Room ceiling is patterned and vaulted on the left, lowered on the right above the Fireplace. The Dining Room can be seen in the background. Stamped on verso: "Chicago Tribune, Photo by Ray Gora. Mar 10 1975". Clipping pasted to verso: "Expansive interior panoramas such as this are a hallmark of Wright’s houses. Mrs. Robert Head relaxes before fireplace of her home, the Cheney house. Tribune photo by Ray Gora." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10 x 7 B&W photograph.

S#: 1996.14.0212

   
E) Edwin H. Cheney House (#20)
   
Date: 1992

Title: Cheney Residence (1903 - S.104), Dining Room

Description: Printed on verso: "Date: 10/16/92. Photographer: Michael Budrys. Location: 520 N. East Ave., Oak Park. Caption: A restored 1903-4 Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie style house, owned by Atty. Dale Smirl. Mr. Smirl has made it available as a bed and breakfast place for those who like the master’s architecture and interior design, with lighting and furniture. The open dining room area." Acquired from the archives of the Associated Press.

Size: Original 10.5 x 8.25 B&W print.

ST#: 1992.73.0511

   
   
   

BOOKS

   
The Morality of Women and Other Essays. We have identified four, possibly five versions of "The Morality of Woman", by Ellen Key, Translated from Swedish by Mamah Bouton Borthwick. All are dated 1911. All were printed by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., in the Fine Arts Building, Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright designed three stores in the building: Browne’s Bookstore (1907 - S.141), Thurber Art Galleries (1909 - S.154), and Mori Oriental Art Studio, (1914 - S.181). Wright himself located a studio in the Fine Arts Building from 1908 through 1910. The correct title of the book is "The Morality of Woman", and the spelling of Borthwick’s name is Mamah Bouton Borthwick.
       Version 1: Morality of Women. Namah Bouton Bothwick, dated 1911, 78 pages, no spine printing (mistake is underlined). Incorrect title, "Women" instead of "Woman". The name is also incorrectly
  spelled, "Namah" instead of "Mamah", and "Bothwick" instead of "Borthwick". This version is 78 pages long, and there is no printing on the spine.
       Version 2: Morality of Woman. Namah Bouton Borthwick, dated 1911, 78 pages, no spine printing. The title has been corrected. The first name is still incorrectly spelled, "Namah" instead of "Mamah", "Borthwick" has been corrected. This version is 78 pages long, and there is no printing on the spine.
       Version 3: Morality of Woman. Mamah Bouton Borthwick, dated 1911, 78 pages, no spine printing. The title and name have been corrected. This version is 78 pages long, and there is no printing on the spine.
       Version 4: Morality of Woman. Mamah Bouton Borthwick, 1911, 77 pages, the spine is imprinted with "The Morality of Woman - Key". The cover has a slightly larger Gold Printers Device. A slight variation in the serif type face used, the addition of one line per
  page (26 versus 25), and minor revisions caused the text to be one page shorter in length. According to Thomas Heinz, this version was published with a portrait of Ellen Key, possibly creating a fifth version.
       Original cover price $1.00. The Dec 23, 1911 issue of Publisher’s Weekly listed the price as $1.00. The March 1919 issue of Poetry Magazine, published by Seymour was still listed as $1.00. Besides the obvious miss-spellings, this may give us a clue as to the variations in the different editions. If it was originally published in 1911 by Seymour, and republished again, including 1919, but never indicating the editions, this could account for the additional editions. Seymour was a friend of Wright’s. He arranged for Seymour to publish this book as well as two other Ellen Key volumes Borthwick translated. In 1912 Seymour published Wright's first edition of "The Japanese Print".

Version 1 Version 2 Version 3 Version 4
   
Date: 1911 (Version 1)

Title: The Morality of Woman and Other Essays. Authorized Translation From the Swedish, of Ellen Key. By Namah Bouton Bothwick (Mamah Bouton Borthwick). (Hard Cover) (Published by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co. Fine Arts Building, Chicago.) (Version 1)

Author: Key, Ellen; Bothwick, Namah Bouton (Borthwick, Mamah Bouton )

Description: In 1909, Wright and Borthwick left their respective spouses and traveled to Europe, settling in Italy for about a year. Wright worked on his portfolio titled "Ausgefüührte Bauten und Entwüürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright". Borthwick spent her time translating the work of Ellen Key. After Wright’s return to the States from Europe, he presented three manuscripts to Ralph Fletcher Seymour, along with adequate funds to publish the three volumes. "The Morality of Women and Other Essays" (1911), "Love and Ethics" (1912) with Wright’s assistance, and "Torpedo Under the Ark; ‘Ibsen and Women" (1912). This volume included "The Morality of Women", "The Woman of the Future" and "The Conventional Woman". Borthwick also translated "The Woman Movement". According to Publishers Weekly, March 23, 1912, p1072, the original list price was $1.00.  (First Edition) (Sweeney 95)

Size: 5.4 x 8.7.

Pages: Pp 78

S#: 0095.01.1111

   
   
Date: 1911 (Version 4)

Title: The Morality of Woman and Other Essays. Authorized Translation From the Swedish, of Ellen Key. By Mamah Bouton Borthwick. (Hard Cover) (Published by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co. Fine Arts Building, Chicago.) (Version 4)

Author: Key, Ellen; Borthwick, Mamah Bouton

Description: In 1909, Wright and Borthwick left their respective spouses and traveled to Europe, settling in Italy for about a year. Wright worked on his portfolio titled "Ausgefüührte Bauten und Entwüürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright". Borthwick spent her time translating the work of Ellen Key. After Wright’s return to the States from Europe, he presented three manuscripts to Ralph Fletcher Seymour, along with adequate funds to publish the three volumes. "The Morality of Woman and Other Essays" (1911), "Love and Ethics" (1912) with Wright’s assistance, and "Torpedo Under the Ark; ‘Ibsen and Women" (1911). This volume included "The Morality of Woman", "The Woman of the Future" and "The Conventional Woman". Borthwick also translated "The Woman Movement". According to Publishers Weekly, March 23, 1912, p1072, the original list price was $1.00. 5.4 x 8.7. (First Edition) (Sweeney 95)

Size: 5.4 x 8.7

Pages: Pp 77

S#: 0095.00.0610

   
   
Date: 1912

Title: The Woman Movement. Translated by Mamah Bouton Borthwick, A.M. With an Introduction by Havelock Ellis. (Hard Cover) (Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and London, The Knickerbocker Press)

Author: Key, Ellen; Borthwick, Mamah Bouton

Description: The Preface by Ellen Key is dated October 1, 1909. The introduction by Havelock Ellis is dated May 1, 1912. In 1909, Wright and Borthwick left their respective spouses and traveled to Europe, settling in Italy for about a year. Wright produced his portfolio titled "Ausgefüührte Bauten und Entwüürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright". Borthwick spent her time translating the work of Ellen Key. After Wright’s return to the States from Europe, he presented three manuscripts to Ralph Fletcher Seymour, along with adequate funds to publish the three volumes. "The Morality of Women and Other Essays" (1911), "Love and Ethics" (1912) with Wright’s assistance, and "Torpedo Under the Ark; ‘Ibsen and Women" (1912). This volume was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and London. (First Edition) (Sweeney 108)

Size: 5.5 x 7.75.

Pages: Pp 224

S#: 0108.00.0205

   
Date: Circa 1912

Title: Ellen Key (Portrait) Circa 1913

Author: Photograph by Florlag, Slenders, Copenhagen

Description: Clipping was found within a copy of "The Morality of Woman", Key, 1911. Text: "Ellen Key, of Sweden, Who Has Been Called the Greatest of Living Women." Photograph by Slenders Florlag, Copenhagen. The verso of the clipping: "By Anne Steese Richardson, Illustrated by Edwin F. Bayha." (Note: The January 1912 issue of Pictorial Review published a story, "Pals," By Anna Steese Richardson, Illustrated by Edwin F. Bayha.)

Size: 3.9 x 4.6

Pages: Pp 1

S#: 0114.15.0414

   
   
   

NEWS ARTICLES

   
Date: August 6, 1911

Publication: Chicago Daily Tribune

Description: Originally published in the Chicago Daily Tribune, August 6, 1911, page 3.

Her Spiritual Hegira Ends in His divorce.
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Cheney Divorces Wife Who Eloped.
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Oak Park Man Given Custody of Children She Deserted to Flee Abroad.
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Affinity Tired of Her.
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Frank L. Wright Received by Spouse After "Spiritual Hegira."

      Edwin H. Cheney of Oak park has secured an absolute divorce from his wife with custody of the children. The decree was entered yesterday by Judge Brentano.
      Thus ends a peculiar marital tangle. Mrs. Cheney, it will be remembered, eloped with Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, about two years ago. Wright deserted his wife and babies. Mrs. Cheney left her husband and family. The two departed for Europe on what they called a "Spiritual hegira."
      Wright, builder of bungalows, tired of the escapade and returned to Chicago. He was taken into the bosom of his family without any stir.
      Mr. Cheney’s suit was filed July 28 in the Superior court, but he did not name Wright or make any charge except desertion.
      Mr. Cheney appeared before Judge Brentano with Eugene G. Fassett, his counsel; Mrs. Armitla A. Cheney, his mother, and Attorney Walter S. Holden, the latter two appearing as witness for him.

Mr. Cheney Testifies.
      "About June 28, 1909, Mrs. Cheney left me, stating that she was not going to return." testified Mr. Cheney. "She also stated three days prior to that time that she was going away and would not come back.
      "Since then she has not returned, neither has she offered to return. While we lived together I conducted myself kindly toward her and showed her every kind attention possible in a husband and supported her to the best of my ability."
      "Did you give her any occasion to leave you?" Attorney Fassett asked Mr. Cheney.
      "No, no occasion at all."
      "And have you at all times had the care, custody, and control of your children."
      "Yes, sir. There is an agreement between us that the children are to remain in my custody."    (Complete Article...)

Courtesy of the Chicago Daily Tribune, Chicago Tribune.

Size: 6.5 x 16 copy, High res digital copy.

S#: 0104.03.0609

   
   

 

The Detroit Tribune - August 16, 1914 (Detail)

Date: August 16, 1914

Publication: The Detroit Tribune (Published daily)

Author: Anonymous

Description: 1) Spring Green, Wis., Aug. 15. - “Negro Fires ‘Love Bungalow.’  Slays Architect’s Soul Mate and Cuts Down Eight Others.  Puts Torch to Wisconsin Cottage of Frank Lloyd Wright, of Chicago, and Kills Six and Injures Three as They Crawl Out of Window.”  Accounts in graphic detail the death of Mrs. Mamah Bouton Borthwick, her two children Martha and John, four others and two seriously injured. (Complete Article)

Pages: Pp 1-2

 

Description: 2) Chicago, Aug. 15. - “Frank Lloyd Wright was in his office when he received a long distance telephone message informing him of the tragedy.  He was prostrated and declined to discuss it. Later he left for Spring green.”  Brief history of Wright and Cheney.  (Complete Article to come)

Size: Original cover price 5 cents. 17.5 x 23.25.

Pages: Pp 2

S#: 0124.08.0607

   
   
   

 

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