Mary McCrossan (1865-1934)

Mary McCrossan (1865-1934)

Mary McCrossan was born in Liverpool. Trained at Liverpool School of Art before progressing on to the Academie Delecluse in Paris and studied under Julius Olsson in St.Ives. Her earliest known St Ives title was shown in 1898. Adopting the town as her own, and using it as her base, she ran a painting school from her Porthmeor studio and exhibited harbour and coastal pictures from St Ives up to her death. Painting chiefly in oil colour, she also produced many impressionist studies in watercolour of cloud effects over Porthmeor Beach; she specialised in painting the sea. Held several one man shows at the Baillie and Beaux Arts galleries between 1909 and 1928. Lived in 126 Cheyne Walk and travelled extensively until 1929 when moved to St.Ives permanently. Exhibited at the Royal Academy and RBA. Held several one-man shows at the Baillie and Beaux Arts galleries between 1909-28. McCrossan travelled extensively on the Continent, exhibiting dazzling oils from Provence and the Mediterranean at the NEAC and London galleries.

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