Lucy Hayward Barker

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Lucy Ellen Hayward Barker (November 29, 1872 – November 16, 1948) was an American painter.

Born in Portage Lake, Maine, Barker attended St. John's Academy in Presque Isle, before spending two years at St. Catherine's Hall, an Episcopal school in Augusta.[1] She then studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; her instructors included Frank Weston Benson, Alger V. Currier, Philip Leslie Hale, and Edmund Charles Tarbell.[2] Associated with the American Impressionists, she kept a studio in Boston from 1898 until her marriage to Roy Barker in 1906. After motherhood, in 1929, she resumed her career in Maine, working in Presque Isle.[3] She is buried in that town's Fairmount Cemetery;[4] her daughter claimed that she literally died "with a paint brush in her hand".[5]

A drawing of Alice Tobey by Barker is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[6] and her work is also owned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco[7] and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.[8] One of her pieces is in the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland.[2] A collection of her papers, donated by her daughter, is owned by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.[3]


  1. ^ "Women's History Trail : Augusta Maine". Archived from the original on 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  2. ^ a b Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5.
  3. ^ a b "Lucy Hayward Barker papers, 1898–1992 | Archives of American Art". 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  4. ^ Lucy Ellen Hayward Barker at Find a Grave
  5. ^ William David Barry and Joan P. Uraneck (1985). Women Pioneers in Maine Art 1900-1945. The Joan Whitney Payson Gallery of Art, Westbrook College, Portland, Maine.
  6. ^ "Lucy Hayward Barker | Alice Tobey | The Met". Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  7. ^ "Lucy Hayward Barker | FAMSF Explore the Art". Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  8. ^ "Lucy Hayward-Barker | PAFA – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts". PAFA. Retrieved 2017-02-05.