It is needful that I calm you apprehensions, your fear that your daughters will become real artists only by drawing nude figures from nature.
Have I not said, that woman should never, under any pretext, forget her womanhood; that to be a woman is her first condition in life?
She must confine herself to those subjects which are allied to her sphere. . . .her domain is large enough, and beautiful enough. . . .with women, children, animals, fruits, flowers, etc.--one may create masterpieces for a lifetime.
. . . But when a woman desires to paint large-sized pictures, and mounts the ladder, she is lost--lost as a woman.
Mme M. Elizabeth Cavé, Drawing from Memory, 1877