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Margueritte S. Pearson
Sailing Day
Oil on canvas mounted to board
8 x 10 in.
Margueritte S. Pearson

(American, 1898-1978)

Painter-teacher Marguerite S. Pearson was born in Philadelphia and she died in Rockport, MA a world-famous genre, portrait and still life painter. She lived in Somerville (MA) until 1925 and summered in Rockport, MA beginning in 1920, built a home there in 1941 and moved into it permanently in 1942.

Pearson studied at Boston's Museum School under Frederick Bosley and privately with Edmund C. Tarbell (1922-1927) with William James; at the Rockport Summer School; took landscape painting with Aldro T. Hibbard and Harry Leith-Ross; and design with Henry Hunt Clark and Howard Giles; and illustration with Harold N. Anderson and Chare Emerson.

Pearson was an active member of the Rockport Art Association; North Shore Art Association; Guild of Boston Artists; Allied Artists of America; Academic Artists Society; Philadelphia Art Alliance; Sanity in Art; Ogunquit Art Association; Salmagundi Club; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; American Artists Professional League and the Washington Art Club. She won medals of award the Rockport Art Association, National Art Club, New Haven Paint & Clay Club, American Artists Professional League (gold), Salmagundi Club (gold), Ogunquit Art Club, North Shore Art Association, Wolfe Art Club Council of American Artists Society and more. Her work is represented in: Springville, Utah Museum of Art, UT; New Haven Public Library, CT; Beach Memorial Art Museum, Storrs, CT; Monson MA State Hospital; Boston Music School; Brigham Young University; Gloucester City Hall, MA; Episcopal Diocesan House, Boston; Grimmins & Chandler School, Somerville, MA; Salem MA Court House and more.

Pearson was confined to a wheelchair after a bout with polio during her teens but that handicap did not deter her from becoming one of the most sought-after and respected artists of the early 20th century. During the Great Depression and through the 1940s she sold hundreds of thousands of prints of women doing everyday choirs at their leisure within sun drenched interiors, showing that she carried on the Boston school traditions handed down by her mentor Edmund C. Tarbell.

In 1978 Pierce Galleries, Inc. bought most of the paintings from her estate that were bequeathed to the Rockport Art Association and PGI printed the first comprehensive brochure on the artist in that year. This painting comes from that original estate collection.