Ellen Pyle often used her children, family friends, and neighbors for her models.

Here, she used her granddaughter, Margaret, for an illustration study that was not published.

When one of Ellen’s paintings was featured on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, the local Wilmington paper would occasionally run a short article about the scene and the models.

Wilmingtonian Jean Porter Haley had her story recounted in the Wilmington News Journal in 1983: