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biography of Mary Bradish TITCOMB (1858-1927)

Birth place: Windham, NH

Death place: Marblehead, MA

Addresses: Boston, MA

Profession: Painter, illustrator

Studied: Massachusetts Normal Art School; BMFA Sch. with Tarbell, Benson, and Hale, 1902-09; Académie Julian, Paris.

Exhibited: PAFA( watercolor exhib.), 1904-08, 1910, 1912, 1914-17, 1921; PAFA Ann., 1905, 1908-19, 1921-24, 1926-27; AIC (watercolors, pastels & miniatures by American artists), 1905-09, 1922-13, 1916; AIC (oils & sculpture by American artists), 1906-08, 1911-15; Woman's Club of Brockton, 1906-16, 1919-22; Boston AC (watercolors & pastels), 1906-1908; Boston AC (oils), 1907-08, 1915-16, 1920-21; American WC Soc. annuals, 1907-10, 1912; NYWCC annual, 1907-16; Poland Spring Art Gallery, ME, 1907-16; Albright-Knox Gal. (Buffalo FA Academy, watercolor exhib.), 1908; NAD annual, 1910-12, 1914-15; NAD (winter exhib.), 1911-13, 1915; BMFA, 1911; City Art Mus., St. Louis, MO, 1913, 1916, 1920; NAWA, 1914, 1916-20, 1922-27; Copley Gal., Boston, 1913 (solo), 1914, 1917, 1919; Corcoran Gal biennials, 1910, 1914, 1923; Kansas City FA Inst., MO, 1914; Pan-Pacific Int. Expo, San Francisco, 1915; Art Assoc. of Newport, RI, 1914-17, 1920-23; Concord AA, MA, 1916-17; Orange Lib. , Orange, MA, 1916 (solo); CAFA, 1917 (hon. mention), 1919, 1921, 1925; Gallery-on-the-Moors, East Gloucester, MA, 1917-22; Vose Galleries, Boston, MA, 1917, 1998; Worcester Art Mus., 1917; Doll & Richards Gallery, Boston, MA, 1918, 1919; Brockton Pub. Lib.,1919; North Shore AA, East Gloucester, 1924-27; Marblehead AA, 1923-1926 (prize), 1927; Women's City Club of Boston, MA, 1917, 1927 (memorial); Vose Galleries, Mary Bradish Titcomb and Her Contemporaries," 1998"

Member: Copley Soc., 1895; NYWCC; NAWA; CAFA; North Shore AA.

Work: White House, Washington, DC; Vose Galleries

Comments: Titcomb started out as a teacher (Windham schools, MA, 1875- c.1886; dir. of drawing, Brockton public schools, 1887-1901). She traveled extensively during the summers to hone her artistic skills in such places as Sebago, Monhegan, and Ogunquit, ME, Round Lake, NY, Europe (France, Holland, Spain), the White Mountains of NH, Canada, California, Arizona, and Mexico. Beginning around 1917 ó when she joined other women painters who later called themselves "The Group" ó her painting evolved from traditional Boston Impressionism to one that integrated the stylistic ideas of modernism. She painted at Grundman Studios in 1907-17, and at the Fenway Studios, 1917-on.

Sources: WW27; Campbell, New Hampshire Scenery, 166; Vose Galleries, Mary Bradish Titcomb and Her Contemporaries, 1-21; Curtis, Curtis, and Lieberman,187; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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