Lucy May Stanton

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Lucy May Stanton
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Born (1876-05-22)May 22, 1876
Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
Died March 19, 1931(1931-03-19) (aged 54)
Athens, Georgia

Lucy May Stanton (22 May 1875 – 19 March 1931) was an American artist particularly known for her portrait miniatures, although she also produced larger-scale portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes. Two of her most important paintings Miss Jule (1926) and Self-Portrait in the Garden (1928) are held in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her work is also held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.[1]


Stanton was born in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the four children of William Lewis Stanton and Frances Louisa Cleveland Megee. She was educated at Cox College (then known as Southern Female College) in LaGrange, Georgia where she graduated in 1893 with highest honors in Greek and Latin. In the two years following her graduation she worked as an art teacher at New Ebenezer College and as an assistant to James P. Field who was a prominent Atlanta artist at the time and had also been her art instructor at Southern Female College. During that time she began painting portrait miniatures, receiving her first commission in 1896, a portrait of the opera singer Adelina Patti. Later that year, she left for Paris where she studied painting, etching, and sculpture with the American-born artist Augustus Koopman and miniature painting with another American artist, Virginia Richmond Reynolds. She also studied anatomy at the Sorbonne and took classes at two independent art schools in Paris which admitted women, the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi.[2][1]

Stanton's portrait of Joel Chandler Harris

She returned to the United States in 1898 and began her career as an artist in earnest, exhibiting both there and in Europe. From 1909, she maintained a studio and a small house in Athens, Georgia near the home of her sister but travelled widely and spent long periods in New York, Maine, Maryland and Massachusetts as well as in Paris where she had returned in 1905 to study portrait painting with Lucien Simon and Jacques-Émile Blanche. Her Mother and Child, a miniature portrait of her sister and nephew painted in 1905, won a Blue Ribbon the following year when it was exhibited at the New Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.[2][1]

From 1916 to 1926 she lived and worked primarily in Boston, at the time a center of miniaturist art. She also taught art in several private schools there including Milton Academy and Dana Hall. Stanton settled permanently in Athens in 1926 where she was active in the civic life of the city, lecturing on art and organizing exhibitions as well as promoting women's suffrage and campaigning for the League of Nations. She was a co-founder of the Georgia Peace Society in 1928.

Stanton died of pneumonia in an Athens hospital at the age of 54 and was buried in the city's Oconee Hill Cemetery. She never married.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d Fowler, Betty Alice (2009). "Lucy May Stanton (1875-1931)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Fowler, Betty Alice (31 May 2002). "An Art in Living". Resource Library Magazine. Retrieved 25 March 2013.

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