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 Mary Colman Wheeler  (1846 - 1920)

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Lived/Active: Rhode Island/Massachusetts      Known for: painting

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The following information was submitted by Robert Martin, Wheeler School Archivist, Art Department Head, in May of 2006:

Mary Colman Wheeler, American, 1846-1920.  Born in Concord, MA.  Friend of the Alcott family, traveled in Europe with May Alcott.  Studied in Paris 1876-1880 with Jacquesson de la Chevreuse and Raphael Collin.  1880, Charcoal portrait accepted at the Paris Salon.  Taught art classes in Providence, Rhode Island from 1883-1920.  Spent many summers in France, studied in Giverny with American Impressionists Frederick Frieseke, Richard Miller, Karl Beuhr, Guy Rose circa 1907-1912.  Frieseke and others rented her leased house when she was stateside (called the "Hameau," situated next door to Monet's house.  Student letters document contact with Monet during these visits.) Studied also with Willard Metcalf in Old Lyme, CT in 1905 and 1906. 

Honors include "Officier d'Acadamie" from the French Government, 1911.  Honorary Degree from Brown University, 1911.  Elected as US Delegate for Congress on Drawing, 1900, 04, and 08, held in London, Paris, and Berne. (international symposiums on art education.)

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Her works can be found at:
Wheeler School:
1. Oil painting, "Aldrich House"
2. Oil painting [untitled]--landscape
3. Oil painting, "Portrait of a Woman"
4. Watercolor [untitled]--Concord River
5. Oil painting [untitled]--landscape
6. Watercolor [untitled]--Venice
7. Oil painting, "Peasant Woman"
8. Oil painting, "Lady at Tea"
9. Oil painting, "Lady with Parasol"
10. Oil painting [untitled]--portrait
11. Oil painting, "Portrait of Father" (Abiel Wheeler)
12. Oil painting, "Portrait of a Young Girl"
13. Pencil drawing [untitled]--possible self-portrait
14. Watercolor [untitled]--cottage landscape
15. 10 charcoal sketches--a mix of figure and portrait drawings

Unveiled: a directory and guide to 19th century born artists active in Rhode Island, and where to find their work in publicly accessible Rhode Island collections
by Elinor L. Nacheman

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