Born in San Francisco, CA on Feb. 18, 1890 into an early pioneer family. Her ancestor Captain Frederick Macondray came to California in 1821 and later settled in San Francisco shortly after the Gold Rush. Macondray Lane, Otis and McAllister streets in San Francisco are named in honor of members of her family. Ethel began a four year course at the CSFA under John Stanton, Pedro Lemos, and Frank Van Sloun. After graduating from that school in 1915, she studied at the ASL in NYC under Frank DuMond and Kenneth H. Miller. Returning to California, she spent several months in Monterey where she was a pupil of painter E. Charlton Fortune who remained her lifelong friend and was maid of honor at her wedding in 1918 to D. Hanson Grubb. As a stu
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; American Art Annual
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