Lilly Martin Spencer

Lilly Martin Spencer

Born Nov 26, 1822

Lilly Martin Spencer (November 26, 1822 – May 22, 1902) was one of the most popular and widely reproduced American female genre painters in the mid-nineteenth century. She painted domestic scenes, women and children in a warm happy atmosphere. Although she did have an audience for her work Spencer had difficulties earning a living as a professional painter and was in perpetual state of financial turmoil.… Read More

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1822 Birth Born in 1822.
1830 8 Years Old Lilly Martin Spencer was born in Exeter, England to French-born parents Gilles Marie Martin and Angelique Perrine LePetit Martin. In 1830, when Lilly was eight, her family immigrated to New York where they remained for three years before ultimately moving to Marietta, Ohio. … Read More


1841 19 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Martin's first exhibition in August 1841 was held at a church rectory, where she drew the attention of Nicholas Longworth, a benefactor of many artists. … Read More


1844 22 Years Old During her third year in Cincinnati she married Benjamin Rush Spencer on August 24, 1844. … Read More
1849 27 Years Old In 1849 she produced her first major successful painting, Life's Happy Hour. … Read More


1858 36 Years Old Again, due to the difficulty in making ends meet the Spencers moved to Newark, New Jersey in 1858. … Read More


1866 44 Years Old She produced famous and perceptive works of art such as War Spirit at Home in 1866 and We Both Must Fade in 1869, which depicts a young female looking in a mirror. … Read More


1902 80 Years Old …  Lilly Martin Spencer worked until the day of her death on May 22, 1902. … Read More
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