by George J. Dance

Lucy eddy

Lucy Eddy grave marker, 2013. Photo by Lois Revenaugh. Courtesy Find a Grave.

Lucy "Lulu" Crapo Orrell Eddy (September 16, 1863 - August 22, 1931)[1] was an American poet.[2]


Eddy was born Lucy Crapo Orrell, to Mary (Crapo) and John Orrell.[1] She was the granddaughter of Michigan governor Henry Howland Crapo (1804-1869),[3] and cousin of the founder of General Motors, William Crapo Durant.[4]

She was married to Arthur J. Eddy, and lived in Chicago.[2] Her husband, Arthur Jerome Eddy (November 5, 1859 - July 21, 1920), was a lawyer, author, art collector, and art critic.[3] Their son, Jerome Orrell Eddy, was born May 12, 1891 and died December 28, 1951.[5]

Homes Edit

The family lived at 4152 N. Sheridan in Chicago, Illinois.[6][7]

The family maintained another home in Pasadena designed by Frederick Roehrig in 1905. The house was cited as "the most complete example of the California (Southern Californian!) interpretation of Arts and Crafts principles."[8] William Le Baron Jenney wrote an article, "A Remarkable Dwelling," about the Eddy House in the May 1906 Inland Architect and News Record.[8] An article about the house was published in The Craftsman magazine.[9] The house was "one of the most important bungalow designs of the period, strongly influencing later ranch style houses throughout California and later the United States."[10] The Pasadena house was torn down in 1973.[11]

Memorial CollectionEdit

In 1931, his widow and son donated 20 paintings and 3 sculptures to the Art Institute of Chicago to form the Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection. as described below.[3]

The collection includes 19th Century works: Édouard Manet - A Philosopher (Beggar with Oysters) (1865), Winslow Homer - Coast of Maine (1893), James Abbott McNeill Whistler - Portrait of Arthur Jerome Eddy (c. 1896).

The collection is noted for containing members of the German Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) movement: Gabriele Münter - Still Life with Queen (1912) Franz Marc - The Bewitched Mill (c. 1912) Wassily Kandinsky - Trojka (1911), Landscape with Two Poplars (1912), Improvisation with Green Center, No. 176 (1912) and Improvisation No. 30 (1913)

Further artists represented in the Art Institute's Eddy collection: Albert Bloch - Scene from a Pantomime (1914) Emilie Charmy - Landscape: L'Estaque (c. 1910), (Armory Show) André Derain - Forest at Martigues (c. 1908), (Armory Show) Amadeo de Souza Cardoso - Leap of the Rabbit (1911)(Armory Show), Marine Pont L'Abbe (1911), (Armory Show), and Stronghold (Armory Show - Chicago only) Maurice de Vlaminck - Rueil (c. 1912), (Armory Show - Chicago) André Dunoyer de Segonzac - The Pasture (c. 1912), (Armory Show) Robert Genin (de) - Thirst (1913) Auguste Herbin - House and Flowering Cherry Trees: Hamburg Eugène Zak - The Shepard (Armory Show)

The sculpture in the collection are: Constantin Brâncuși - Sleeping Muse (1910), (Armory Show) Auguste Rodin - Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose (1864) and Arthur Jerome Eddy (Portrait Bust), (1898)

Poems by Lucy EddyEdit

  1. Lullabies


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lucy C. "Lulu Orell Eddy, Find a Grave. Web, June 14, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes, Poetry 16:5 (August 1920), 290. Web, June 14, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eddy, Arthur Jerome, Dictionary of Art Historians. Web, June 14, 2015.
  4. "The spark that created GM: Billy Durant takes control of Buick" Lawrence R. Gustin. GM Heritage Center 2006 [1]
  5. [2] cemetery records on-line Fairview Memorial Park, Bernalillo New Mexico, accessed March 23, 2013
  6. Chicago Blue Book of Selected Names for the Year Ending 1910, The Chicago Directory Company, 1909
  7. Uptown Chicago History, accessed March 25, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Toward A Simpler Way of Life: The Arts & Crafts Architects of California Robert Winter, University of California Press, 1997, p. 111 to 122
  9. A California House Modeled on the Simple Lines of the Old Mission Dwelling, Hence Meeting All Requirements of Climate and Environment The Craftsman 11, November 1906, p. 209-212
  10. Pacific Coast Architecture Database, Eddy, Arthur Jerome, House, Pasadena, CA ID 8924
  11. Wreckers hit Eddy mansion Hubbard, Harold N.,Pasadena Star News, 4/26/1973

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