Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown

Margaret White Lesley Bush-Brown (May 19, 1857 – November 16, 1944) was an American painter and etcher.

Bush-Brown was a indigenous of Philadelphia, the daughter of geologist Peter Lesley and social reformer Susan Inches Lyman Lesley; her first job was creating geological models for her father. Her first professor was Thomas Eakins, with whom she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before distressing to Paris, in 1880, for other instruction; in the intervening years she then took lessons at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. In Paris she enrolled in the Académie Julian and took lessons in imitation of Tony Robert-Fleury, Gustave Boulanger, and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, before returning to the United States in October 1883. She then instructor to etch below the support of Gabrielle de Veaux Clements, and in 1884 exhibited Study of a Girl's Head, likely her first print, at the New York Etching Club. At some tapering off she also had lessons later Christian Schussele.

Bush-Brown soon began heartwarming in a circle subsequent to numerous new women artists, including Elizabeth Boott, Cecilia Beaux, and Mary Franklin, often summering when them along the East Coast. In 1881 she toured France and Belgium as soon as Ellen Day Hale, a distant cousin, and when Helen Mary Knowlton. In April 1886 she married the sculptor Henry Kirke Bush-Brown and moved to his home in Newburgh, New York. The couple progressive relocated to Washington, D.C., where Margaret worked as a portraitist and miniaturist. Her husband died in 1935, but she remained in Washington until 1941. In that year she moved to Pennsylvania, where she died three years far ahead at the house of her son James in Ambler. The Bush-Browns had three long-lasting children, two sons, Harold and James, who became architects and a daughter, Lydia, who achieved some renown as an performer herself.

In addition to exhibiting on her own, Bush-Brown would sometimes show action jointly following her husband and, later, with their daughter. In 1883 she exhibited at the Paris Salon. Bush-Brown exhibited her perform at the Palace of Fine Arts and painted an mural Spring for the Pennsylvania State Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. She won a number of prizes for her be active during her career, and she was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1911.

Today Bush-Brown's portrait of Ellen Day Hale is owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A pair of portraits, of physician John Murray and Mary Boyles, are owned by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. A self-portrait, dated 1914 and currently in the stock of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, was included in the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, American Women Artists 1830-1930, in 1987.

Bush-Brown's papers, together in imitation of those of further members of her family, are today held at Smith College.

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