Mrs. John Tyson, by Emlen Etting, ca. 1940.
Born in Philadelphia in 1905, Etting received his education at Harvard University. He later studied painting at the Academie Grand Chaumiere and with Andre Lhote in Paris. He was a U.S. artist delegate to the Second International Congress of Plastic Arts in Dubrovnik, 1957, and held teaching positions at the School of Industrial Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia College of Art, and the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Etting was an influential member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Artists Equity Association, where he served as President from 1955-58), and was also a member of the National Society of Mural painters.