Rachel Hartley (1884-1955) was born in New York City. She was the granddaughter of George Inness (1825-1894), and the daughter of sculptor Jonathan Hartley. She began to paint and sketch at age 10. She studied at the Art Students League of NY, and she later became a teacher of the League, and a member of the American Federation of the Arts.
She was very active in the Pen and Brush club of NYC beginning in 1918. She participated in the Club’s 1928 show with three works. She was also a member of both the National and Washington Arts clubs. She is known for American impressionism and was friendly with Sargent, Whistler and Hassam.
She studied art in Paris and the French influence is usually seen in her best works. She traveled extensively throughout Europe. She is listed in Benezit among many other prestigious American publications.