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 May (Mary) Audubon Post  (1860 - 1929)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: child portrait painting, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
May (Mary) Audubon Post (b. November 21, 1860 in New York City-d. February 8, 1929)

Known for illustration, genre-human activity, human figure/figurative, religion/mysticism, child portrait painting, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with William Merritt Chase, Cecilia Beau, Charles Grafly, Hugh Breckenridge.  Drexel Institute with Howard Pyle; and Lucien Simon in Paris.

Addresses: Philadelphia, PA; Larren and Volendam, Holland, from 1901.

May Post was very active in the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th in Philadelphia.  She had commissions to paint portraits of fellow citizens of Philadelphia and executed illustrations for various publishing companies including the Taber Prang Art Publishing Co. and the Osborne Co., N.Y.   She illustrated an early edition of the children’s book, Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates.  She completed 12 illustrations for a calendar for the Osborne Co. in 1909.  While living in Holland she completed many works of the Dutch people, especially the children.  She wrote and illustrated the book, Mother Goose in Holland that was published 1/1/1912.

May Post was a very active member of  the Plastic Club of Philadelphia, working on committees and participating many exhibitions there.  The Plastic Club had many exhibitions showcasing the work of its members.  May Post’s painting and illustrations were displayed at club exhibitions along side the work of other women artists such as Emily Sartain, Jessie Wilcox Smith and Violet Oakley.  She was an active member in the club from 1905-1928.    

Member:
Philadelphia Watercolor Society; Plastic Club (Phila.); Society of Independent Artists; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Fellowship          

Exhibited:
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts: 1903, 1905, 1913, 1915
Paris Salon: 1902
Philadelphia Art Club: 1903 (gold)
Art Institute of Chicago: 1902, 1903, 1903-W, 1904, 1904-W, 1905, 1906, 1906-W, 1908, 1908-W, 1911-W, 1913-W, 1914, 1914-W
National Academy of Design: 1907
Society of Independent Artists: 1917-1920

References:  
Who was Who in American Art, (Falk) 1927, 1999
Dictionary  of Women Artists, (Petteys) 1985
Davenport’s Art Reference, (Davenport) 2005
Annual Exhibition Record Series, (Falk):
Art Institute of Chicago, 1990
National Academy of Design, 1990
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1989; (1876-1913) (1914-1968)
Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary, (Opitz) 1986  
Women Artists in America, (Collins) 1973
Index of Artists: International-Biographical, (Mallett) 1935
Universal Exposition Editor: St. Louis, Louisiana Purchase, 1904 World’s Fair
AskART: The Artists’ Bluebook, (Dunbier) 2009

Upon her death in 1929, an annual scholarship was established in her memory at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Fellowship.  This scholarship is awarded at the Annual Exhibition of the PAFA Fellowship each spring.

                                                                         
Researched and written by James Boyle whose sources were the Historical Society of  Pennsylvania, the PAFA Fellowship, the Plastic Club, official documents, the artist's obituary in the Philadelphia Enquirer and others.

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The following is from Harry Aldrich:

My daughter has an old book that was handed down from her great great grandfather. The title of the book is Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge.  On the bottom of the page is printed New York, McLaughlin Brothers.  On this same page it says, with illustrations by May Audubon Post.


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