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 Margaret Webster Mellor Gill  (1901 - 1986)



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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: portrait painting, illustration, japanning, teaching

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Following is the obituary of the artist from The Philadelphia Inquirer online, July 17, 1986, by Burr Van Atta, Staff Writer

Margaret Mellor Gill, 84, Pistol Champion, Artist And Decorator

Margaret Mellor Gill, 84, a crack shot who once held the world pistol title, died Tuesday at her home in Wyndmoor.

Mrs. Gill, who won her first title in 1946 at the International Police Pistol Tournament, continued to compete in the annual events for another 20 years, greatly expanding her collection of cups, plaques and trophies in the process.

She took the title in the women's division in her third year at the tournament in Teaneck, N.J. In her first outing, as a Coast Guard chief petty officer during World War II, she failed to place among the top five entrants. On her second try, she won third prize. In 1946, competing against hundreds of servicewomen, former servicewomen and policewomen, she came through the four-day event with a score of 296 out of a possible 300.

For her marksmanship, she was awarded a silver bracelet, a bronze plaque and a silver buckle that she often wore. A few days later, firing her .22- and .38-caliber revolvers at the police range in Lower Merion, she scored a perfect 300. She had the target framed.

Even in her later years, she kept her hand in, regularly firing at ranges.

Her interests were quite broad. An artist and an interior decorator, she was considered an authority on 18th- and 19th-century china. Her collection of Meissen porcelain was of museum quality and was regarded by other collectors as one of the nation's few great privately owned collections. Her collection included Waterford and Baccarat crystal, as well as Bow, Paris and Chinese Export china.

Mrs. Gill also collected antiques, was an award-winning gardener and designed her own house. She used marble salvaged from a Society Hill bank, wood, ironwork and statuary salvaged from other homes to refinish her house, which was originally a stable. With stone and ironwork and fountains and balustrades, combined with a formal Italian garden she created on six terraced levels, she gave it polish. She took particular pride in her drawing room, 48 feet long with a white marble floor.

Her home and garden became the scene of some of the city's great parties and were featured from time to time in benefit house tours.

Mrs. Gill was an active worker on behalf of the Women's SPCA. For years, she was a member of its board. Fond of animals, she maintained a home for strays on her grounds.

She was also active in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

She was the widow of Logan Blair Gill, a stockbroker and artist. They met at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. They painted together and exhibited their work together throughout the years. They also worked jointly for the SPCA.

Mrs. Gill had no immediate survivors.

Submitted by Maynard Werner

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