Born in Belfast, Ireland, Marian MacIntosh moved with her family to
Philadelphia as a child. Although she showed an interest in the arts
from a young age, her father talked against a career in the arts.
Instead of pursuing her love of art, she studied Greek and Latin at Bryn
Mawr College and taught English for many years.
After the death of her
parents, she left Philadelphia and lived in Ireland for a time. Soon
after, she decided to quit teaching and began to pursue studies in art.
She returned to Philadelphia and enrolled in the Philadelphia School of
Design at the age of 47. She had her first exhibition with the
Philadelphia Ten sometime in the years of 1922-1923, though she only
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