HUNTER, Mary [Young]

1873 - 1947

Mary Young Hunter

As Mary Towgood, she was born at Napier, New Zealand on 25 December 1873, and as a 20 year old, in 1894 emigrated, via Australia, to England. Mary trained at the Royal Academy Schools where she took four medals. She married at Kensington, London in 1899, artist John Young Hunter [q.v.], when they spent 8 months in Italy taking a studio in Florence, returning to England via Munich, Brussels and Antwerp and she added 'Young' as her middle name. In 1903, husband and wife, held a joint exhibition of over forty works in oil and watercolour at the Fine Art Society when 'The Studio' (Vol. 28. May 1903), in an illustrated article, described them as 'new Pre-Raphaelites' and as 'romantics'. At this time they were living at Giffords Hall, Wickhambrook, Suffolk where their daughter, Gabrielle Young Hunter, was born on 4 May 1905. In 1911, 38 year old Mary 'artist painter' was living at 9 Launceston Place, Kensington with her 36 year old 'artist painter' husband and 5 year old daughter Gabrielle (4 May 1905-6 August 1978), keeping three indoor servants. On 20 June 1913 they sailed on the 'Victorian' to Montreal, Canada but they had divorced by 1921. Mary began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1900, showing 'The Denial' and 'The Duke's High Dame' and the following year 'Joy and the Labourer' and continued exhibiting until 1913. She also exhibited at the Society of Women Artists 1900-1901 and the Royal Glasgow Institute 1901-1903. A member of the Society of Painters in Tempera and became an Associate of the Society of Women Artist in 1901. In 1940 she was living at Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California, USA, where she died in 1947.

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