Edith Lake Wilkinson
Artist Edith Lake Wilkinson (1868-1957), native of Wheeling, West Virginia, was part of the Provincetown art scene in the early part of the 20th century where she produced an astounding body of work of oils paintings, charcoals, and white-line prints. In 1924 she was committed to an asylum with the help of a family lawyer who then proceeded to abscond her funds. Edith spent the remaining thirty years of her life locked away in mental institutions and died in obscurity. Her work along with all her worldly possessions were packed into trunks and shipped off to relatives in West Virginia where they sat in an attic collecting dust for several decades. Those trunks have been opened and Edith’s unique contribution to American art is now being acknowledged. Her story is told in the HBO documentary, Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.