Amy Londoner

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Amy Londoner (April 12, 1875 – 1953) was an American painter who exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show.

Early life[edit]

Londoner was born in Lexington, Missouri[1][2] on April 12, 1875.[3][nb 1] Her parents were Moses and Rebecca Londoner, who moved to Leadville, Colorado by 1880.[4][5] In 1899, Amy took responsibility for her father who had come to Los Angeles from Leadville and had mental issues.[6] By 1900, Amy was living with her parents and sister, Blanche, in Denver, Colorado. The family had a male servant.[7] Amy and her mother lived in New York in 1910.[8]


She studied art in New York City with Robert Henri and John Sloan.[1][2]

She was one of the women artists of the Ash Can School, several of who also studied with Robert Henri, like Bessie Marsh.[9]


Londoner was one of the artists who exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show which included four of her pastel paintings entitled The Beach Crowd, Playing Ball on the Beach, The Beach Umbrellas, The Life Guards, and The Marina Grande.[10] Between 1912 and 1914, her works were exhibited at the MacDowell Club in New York.[9] Her works were exhibited at the Waldorf Astoria on February 25, 1921 at the Society of Independent Artists.[11] Her works, exhibited at a Society of Independent Artists exhibition, were described as having a "rare specialization through color and a very personal note of humor."[12]

Londoner taught art to young children at the Modern School, a school based upon the principles of Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia. Robert Henri taught adults at the school.[13]

She was a member of the Art Students League.[14]


Some of her works are:

  • A Strange House[2]
  • Boardwalk: Atlantic City[2]
  • Cripple Creek[2]
  • Park Bench[2]
  • Playing Ball on the Beach, by 1913[10]
  • The Beach Crowd, by 1913[10]
  • The Bathers[2]
  • The Beach Umbrellas, by 1913[10]
  • The Fairy Tale[2]
  • The Life Guards, by 1913[10]
  • The Marina Grande, by 1913[10]
  • Trees and Mountains[2]
  • Woman in Black[2]
  • Portrait of Jo Nivison, private collection


  1. ^ Her birth date information is also give as the year 1878 (no month or day), but the passport from Londoner shows her date of birth as April 12, 1875.


  1. ^ a b Chris Petteys (1985). Dictionary of Women Artists. G K Hill & Co. publishers. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j San Francisco (Calif.). Panama-Pacific International Exposition. 1915. Dept. of Fine Arts (1915). Official Catalogue of the Department of Fine Arts, Panama-Pacific International Exposition (with Awards) San Francisco, California ... Wahlgreen Company. p. 156. 
  3. ^ Amy Londoner. Application August 12, 1914. Passport Applications, January 2, 1906–March 31, 1925. NARA Microfilm Publication M1490, 2740 rolls. General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  4. ^ Amie Londoner. Born in Missouri. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  5. ^ Don L. Griswold; Jean Harvey Griswold (1996). History of Leadville and Lake County, Colorado: From Mountain Solitude to Metropolis. Colorado Historical Society. p. 2112. ISBN 978-0-942576-06-1. 
  6. ^ "Squandered his Money". Los Angeles Herald (287). July 14, 1899. 
  7. ^ Amy Londoner, Birth date April 1875, Birth place Missouri. Denver, Colorado census. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
  8. ^ Amy Londoner, age 35, born about 1875 in Missouri. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  9. ^ a b American Art Annual. 1914. pp. 228–230. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Milton W. Brown (1963). The Story of the Armory Show. The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation. p. 242. 
  11. ^ The Arts. Arts Publishing Corporation. 1920. pp. 49–50. 
  12. ^ Gustav Stickley (1910). The Craftsman. Craftsman. p. 170. 
  13. ^ Paul Avrich (14 July 2014). The Modern School Movement: Anarchism and Education in the United States. Princeton University Press. pp. 87, 149. ISBN 978-1-4008-5318-2. 
  14. ^ Glenn B. Opitz (1988). Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers. Poughkeepsie, NY: Apollo Books.