Musgrave was a painter and a teacher and she was strongly aware of French painting and theories. She studied at the Academie Julian in Paris, the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts and the Cincinnati Art Academy.
The Teapot was Musgrave's exhibition piece at the National Arts Club. This work by Musgrave is charming yet more sophisticated than it appears. This painting is very similar to the work of the French artist Louis Valtat. It is painted expressionistically; the flowers have wonderful character, as does the teapot. The whole arrangement takes on a personality which is simultaneously strong and sweet. Female artists of Musgrave's time were often drawn to floral arrangements. This subject matter was considered acceptable for women to paint at this time period.
National Arts Club Exhibition of Small Paintings, December 5-26, 1928