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 Mary Cable Butler  (1865 - 1946)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: sea-landscape and some genre-figure painting

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Mary Cable Butler
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Maine Coastal View
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Painter Mary Cable Butler was born and raised in Uwchlan, Pennsylvania.  She enjoyed extensive training in art at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, graduating in 1894; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1896-1902; and Academie Colarossi, Paris.

While Mary Butler summered in Maine and wintered in Philadelphia, she also traveled extensively.  Some of her western paintings include Cathedral Rock from Kicking Horse, Capistrano, California and Canadian Rockies from Banff.

All her career Butler promoted the arts in Philadelphia and maintained a relationship with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Her first exhibit was in 1894 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and she continued to show there most years through 1946.  Some of her other exhibits include the Plastic Club, Sears Roebuck and Company Art Galleries, the Philadelphia Water Color Club and the Corcoran Gallery.

Mary Butler was honorary president of the Fellowship of the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts at the time of her death, March 16, 1946.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West

Biography from Newman Galleries:
Early 20th century landscape painter Mary Butler was born in 1865, and is most noted for her depictions of mountains and the sea.  She was an important figure in the Philadelphia art world until her death in 1946.

Butler attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1896 to 1902, where she was said to have “discovered” the American landscape under her instructors, William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri.   Later, she went to Center Bridge, New Hope, Pennsylvania to study under Edward Redfield, a celebrated American landscape painter of his time.  She then traveled to Paris, where she worked in the ateliers of Courtois, Prinet and Girardot.

She exhibited extensively at the National Academy of Design, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Carnegie Institute, Boston Art Club, Albright Gallery in Buffalo, New York, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Panama-Pacific Exposition, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1894 through 1946.

Butler was President of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for fifteen years, and a member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Philadelphia Print Club, Philadelphia Contemporary Club, Philadelphia Art Alliance, American Federation of Arts, American Artists Professional League, Fairmount Park Art Association, and the Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Her awards include Honorable Mention in 1913 and 1914, Buffalo Society of Artist; Gold Medal, 1918, and Watercolor Prize, 1929, Plastic Club; Mary Smith Prize, 1925, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Special Award, 1926 and 1927, National Art Exhibition, Springville, Utah; and Honorable Mention, National Association of Women Artists.

Butler’s paintings are found in museum collections throughout the country. As President for the Fellowship, she organized exhibitions throughout eastern Pennsylvania, and started a movement that became known as American National Art Week.

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