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Marion Boyd Allen (1862–1941) was an American painter, known for her portraits and landscapes. Born in Boston, where she also lived as an adult,[1] she was sister to Willis Boyd Allen, and the two were children of Allen Stillman Boyd and Harriet Seaward.[2] She entered the Boston Museum School in 1896[3] at the age of 36, where she studied under Frank Weston Benson, Edmund C. Tarbell and Philip Hale; she received her diploma in 1909.[4] In 1910, at the Copley Society Gallery, had solo exhibitions of her work until around 1930.

Her painting "Enameling" was included in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, and her portrait of Anna Vaughn Hyatt won the Newport Art Association's popular prize in 1919. In the 1920s, she traveled to the American West and began painting landscapes, including national landmarks such as the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier. She continued to exhibit her work and win awards, like the New Haven Paint and Clay Club prize,[5] and the Hudson prize from the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts,[6] at a time when landscape painting was almost exclusively a male-dominated field.[7]

Allen's 1915 portrait of Anna Vaughan Hyatt was included in the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, American Women Artists 1830–1930, in 1987.[8]


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1896-97 Annual Report of the Permanent Committee in Charge of the School By Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School
1909 Annual Report of the Permanent Committee in Charge of the School By Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School
Heller, Jules; Heller, Nancy G. (2013-12-19). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 9781135638825.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts (1921-01-01). Annual Report of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Museum of Fine Arts.
Heller, Jules (1997). North American Woman Artists of the Twentieth Century. London: Routledge. p. 18. ISBN 0815325843.
Eleanor Tufts; National Museum of Women in the Arts (U.S.); International Exhibitions Foundation (1987). American women artists, 1830–1930. International Exhibitions Foundation for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. ISBN 978-0-940979-01-7.

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