Jenny Augusta Brownscombe (1850-1936) lived and worked in the New York area as a painter and illustrator. She painted portrait commissions, genre scenes and historical scenes and worked as a teacher. At a time when women artists had not established themselves as much as today, Jennie was forced to earn a living upon the early death of her father in 1868 when she was only 18 years old.
Training in the fine arts was very limited for young women during that time, but Jennie was able to secure a place at the Cooper Union School of Design were she enrolled in 1871. There she studied with Victor Nehlig, a French born painter. As a student Brownscombe supported herself by creating illustrations for Harper's Bazaar and Scribner's Monthly.
Her work was recognized in 1876 at the Woman's Pavilion at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. As her fame grew so did her financial position, which allowed her to make several trips to Europe and to study in Paris and Brittany.