She was, besides, sister of Caroline Sturgis Tappan, also a Transcendentalist and poet, as well as an acquaintance of William Ellery Channing, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry James, Sr.
- "He tempted Whistler with the offer of 200 guineas "to make for me a 'note' of my eldest daughter - a red haired girl about seventeen years old". [...] It is likely that it was the red hair that tempted Whistler more than a quick 200 gns. [...] Ellen noted that Whistler was “interested in (her) copper hair and high coloring”." http://www.leicestergalleries.com/…/portrait-of-ellen…/12691
|Portrait of Ellen Sturgis Hooper, by J. A. McNeill Whistler|