Mary Lizzie Macomber

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Mary Lizzie Macomber (August 21, 1861 – February 4, 1916) was an American artist who painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style. She exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, and her paintings are held in the Smithsonian and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Life and work[edit]

Macomber was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, the daughter of Frederick William and Mary White Poor Macomber. Her father was a jeweler and her family was of Quaker and Pilgrim descent. As a young woman she took painting lessons with Robert S. Dunning, a prominent local still life painter in Fall River. After about three years with Dunning she began studying at the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 1883 she had to discontinue her studies due to health reasons. After her recovery she studied some time with Frank Duveneck.

Around 1885 Macomber started her own studio in Boston. After initially having painted still lifes she began to concentrate on allegorical works. Her first painting to be exhibited, Ruth, was shown at the National Academy exhibition of 1889. In 1893 two of her works Love Awakening Memory, and The Annunciation were exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition. Some of her better known works, in addition to these two, are: Love's Lament (1893), St. Catherine (1897), The Hour Glass (1900), The Lace Jabot (1900), Night and Her Daughter Sleep (1903), and Memory Comforting Sorrow (1905).[1] She also worked as a poet and published a book of her poetry in 1914.

Much of her work was lost during a fire in her studio in 1903. She died at the Back Bay Hospital in Boston in 1916, at the age of 54.[2]


  1. ^ "Mary Lizzie Macomber on". 
  2. ^ Levy, Florence Nightingale (1917). American Art Annual, Volume 13. MacMillan Company. p. 316.