The Green Dress. Elanor Colburn (American, 1866-1939). Colburn studied with William Merritt Chase and Frank Duveneck and attended the Art Institute of Chicago, where she later taught. Moving to Laguna Beach from Chicago around 1924, Elanor Colburn brought with her an understanding of modern European art. She and her daughter, Ruth Peabody, built a studio in Laguna Beach on South Coast Highway where they lived, painted, and taught.