Lydia Grace Rhodes Paxton McLean was born in Jasper County, Iowa on Feb. 21, 1885. Grace wed Frank McLean about 1915 while living in Oregon. She studied with John Vanderpoel, Harry Walcott, Lawrence Murphy, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was active in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock and Pasadena in the 1930s and taught at the Pasadena Academy of Fine Arts and Stickney Art School. Mrs. McLean died in Los Angeles on June 23, 1972.
Exh: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1926 (prize); Eagle Rock Artists, 1932; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1932; Pasadena Art Inst., 1933; Western Arts Foundation (LA), 1934 (1st prize); Rose Gallery (LA), 1936.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Census; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; American Art Annual
1933; Who's Who in American Art
1936-41; Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); Ferdinand Perret Files; Death record.Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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