Harriet Lord (1879 - 1958)
On the Marshes, New England, n.d.
Oil on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Signed at upper left: Harriet Lord
Determined at an early age to become an artist, Harriet Lord attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as a teenager, where she studied portraiture with Frank Benson, Edmund Tarbell, and Joseph DeCamp. She later took lessons from William Lathrop, who would significantly influence the direction of her painting. In 1917, she relocated to New York City, and became an exhibiting member of the National Association of Women Artists. Early in the 1920s, she had gained a widespread acclaim for her large canvases of the marshes of Ipswich, Massachusetts. She was a member exhibitor of the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston from 1924 to 1927. After 1926, she became a fixture of the Nantucket Art Colony.
Lord exhibited at the Red Anchor Studio on Washington Street in Nantucket for over three decades. It was down the street from the Candle House Studio at the head of Commercial Wharf and around the corner from the cluster of cottages used by the waterfront artists. Lord also showed regularly at the Easy Street Gallery, and took classes from Frank Swift Chase. She later included work in the Sidewalk Art Show and belonged to the Artists Association of Nantucket.