Mary DeNeale Morgan

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Mary DeNeale Morgan (May 24, 1868 – October 10, 1948) was an American painter, especially in watercolor, and printmaker.

Early life[edit]

A native of San Francisco, Morgan was the second of seven children; her mother's parents had emigrated to California from Scotland in the 1850s. She grew up in Oakland, where her father was city engineer for some years.[1][2]

She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute[3] and took some instruction with William Keith, a family friend,[1] of whom she has been called a favorite pupil.[4]


She opened a studio in Oakland in 1896, and for a short while also taught art at Oakland High School. In 1909 she moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, purchasing a house and studio from watercolorist Sydney Yard.[5] In 1914 she took classes with William Merritt Chase when he came to the town for the summer, at her instigation.[1] From 1917 to 1925 she directed the Carmel School of Art.[6] She was among the founders of the Carmel Art Association.[2] In 1928 she was recognized by Scribner's for her work. During World War II she traveled weekly to Fort Ord to sketch some of the men stationed there.

Morgan was a member of National Association Women Painters and Sculptors, New York (later National Association of Women Artists), California Water Color Society, Carmel Club of Arts and Crafts.[2]

Personal life[edit]

M. DeNeale Morgan moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in 1910.[2] Morgan never married, and died in Carmel-by-the-Sea.


Among the museums and institutions holding examples of her work are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Art Association; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Southern California; and the University of Texas at Austin.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Mary DeNeale Morgan, 1868–1948; essay by Julie Armistead". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A (1928). Women of the West; a series of biographical sketches of living eminent women in the eleven western states of the United States of America. p. 68. Retrieved 8 August 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Mary DeNeale Morgan". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ HarmonMedia. "Mary deNeale Morgan". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  6. ^ Edwards, Robert W. (2012). Jennie V. Cannon: The Untold History of the Carmel and Berkeley Art Colonies, Vol. 1. Oakland, Calif.: East Bay Heritage Project. pp. 49–52, 73–78, 151–155, 177ff, 527–536. ISBN 9781467545679. An online facsimile of the entire text of Vol. 1 is posted on the Traditional Fine Arts Organization website.