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 Kate Carew  (1869 - 1961)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, caricatures, portrait paintings

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Born in Oakland, CA on June 27, 1869, Kate Carew (a pseudonym) grew up in Placer County as Mary Williams. She studied at the San Francisco School of Design in the late 1880s and continued at the Chase School in NYC and Académie Colarossi in Paris.

She began her career as an illustrator for the San Francisco Examiner (1889-95) and continued with the New York World. The latter sent her to London to interview and do caricatures of notable people. While there she became famous as a cartoonist on the Tatler; while her brother Gluyas became a popular cartoonist on the New Yorker.

She made many trips back to California to visit and sketch with her close friend Mary DeNeale Morgan in Carmel, and was a pupil there of Wm M. Chase in 1914.  During WWI she lived in Carmel and in 1920 returned to England.  Married thrice, she was the wife of Seymour Davison, Harrie Chambers, and John A. Reed.  After the latter’s death in 1941, she returned to the Monterey Peninsula, bought the home of artist Lucy Valentine Pierce on Mesa Road, and remained there until her demise on Feb. 11, 1961.

Salon des Artistes Français; Hotel Del Monte (Monterey).

Monterey Peninsula Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in America; Women Artists of the American West; News Notes of California Libraries, April 1920; Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Monterey Peninsula Herald, 7-13-1943 and 2-13-1961 (obituary); New Yorker, 2-9-1998.
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Discovered by Ambrose Bierce, Kate Carew became a legendary caricaturist for the San Francisco Examiner and other publications including the New York World, from whose staff she had commissions to go to London and caricature famous people.

Some of her work then appeared in The Tattler in London, and she married while in England. She was also a successful painter of impressionist landscapes, portraits, figure studies and did monotypes.

She frequently returned to California and painted with her close friend Mary De Neale Morgan in Carmel and in 1914, studied there with William Merritt Chase. She lived in Carmel during World War I, returned to England, and in 1943, became a resident of the Monterey Peninsula.

She was born in Oakland, California and grew up in Placer County with the name of Mary Williams. She attended the San Francisco School of Design in the late 1880s and then studied at the Chase School in New York City and the Academie Colorossi in Paris.

She was married three times and had names of Mary Williams Chambers, Mrs. John Reed and Mrs. Seymour Davison.

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