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 Florence Mackubin  (1866 - 1918)

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Lived/Active: Maryland/New York      Known for: portrait, figure, miniature

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Born in Florence, Italy to Boston parents Charles Nicholas and Ellen Marietta Mackubin who were spending that year abroad, Florence Mackubin became a painter of portraits including miniatures. She spent most of her career in Baltimore with summers at St. Andrews-on-the-Sea in Canada and frequent visits to New York City. Mackubin was also a writer of historical papers, which she prepared for organizations to which she belonged including the Colonial Dames, The Maryland Historical Society, and Daughters of the Revolution.

After her father's death, she was taken back to Europe by her mother, and she studied drawing in Florence and then entered the Protestant School at Les Ruches at Fontainebleau. In 1889, she began serious study of art at the Kunstlerinen Verein, Munich, and in 1890, went to Paris to study oil painting with Louis Deschamps and pastel with Julius Rolshoven. In 1893, she took classes in miniature painting with Mlle. Jeanne Devina.

Early in her career with a span of twelve years, Mackubin received 360 orders for miniatures, referred to as "portraits in little." These commissions included many notable women in New York City, Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, Washington DC, and England. At the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, she was awarded a bronze medal and a diploma of honorable mention.

In Pairs, she exhibited at the Salon de femmes Peintres, and in London at the Royal Academy. She became a frequent exhibitor in both oil and pastel at the National Academy of Design in New York City and at the Pennsylvania Academy. In 1887, she exhibited her first large oil painting, "A Florentine Cobbler", at the Union League Club, and she exhibited fifty eight of her pastels at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The following year, she became completely self supporting because her previously affluent family lost most of their money.

In 1901, she filled a commission by the Board of Public Works of Maryland to copy for the State House a portrait of Henrietta Maria, consort of Charles I of England and the person for whom Maryland was named. She also painted portraits of other dignitaries for the State House including the first and second Barons Baltimore, which she copied from originals belonging to their descendants. In 1909, she exhibited a portrait miniature of a Cardinal Gibbons at the Paris Salon in France, and the following year she did a portrait of Professor Marshall Elliott for Johns Hopkins University.

"Biographical Sketch of Florence Mackubin", National Cyclopedia of American Biography, James T. White & Co., NY 1924. Courtesy of Sig Nininger.

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