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Maria J C (Graves) a’Becket(t) (1839-1904)


Maria J C (Graves) a’Becket(t) (1839-1904)
American Tonalist watercolor painter ; American Barbizon watercolor painter ; American Hudson River school watercolor painter ;
Maria J C a’Becket ; Maria Becket ; Maria J C A Becket ; Maria Graves Becket ; Maria Beckett ; Maria Graves Beckett ; Maria a’Becket ; Miss a Becket ;
[Born July 7, 1839 in Portland, ME – died September 7, 1904 in St. Augustine?, FL?]


FAD record control number: 30762

Record level: Person

Record type: Artist


Maria J C a’Becket (1839-1904) biography:

Birth: July 7, 1839 in Portland, ME
Death: September 7, 1904 in St. Augustine?, FL?
Sex: Female
Ethnicity: White

Known for: watercolor landscapes ;
Medium: watercolor ; oil ;
Technique: painting ;

Areas: Portland, ME (1839-1866) ; Boston, MA (1866-ca.1877s, possibly 1878-1883) ; Paris, France (ca.1877) ; Rome, Italy ; Germany ; England ; Holland ; Shenandoah Valley, VA (1881-1888, 8 months / year) ; VT (ca.1882) ; New York, NY (1888) ; St. Augustine, FL (?-1904), part of an art colony ;
Region: North East ; South East ; Europe ;
Lived: Portland, ME ; Boston, MA ; 58 West 57th Street, New York, NY (1888) ; St. Augustine, FL ; Paris, France ; Rome, Italy ; England ; Holland ; Shenandoah Valley, VA ; VT (ca.1882) ;
Father: Charles Beckett (1814-1867), painter
Relatives: John Beckett, brother ; Samuel E. Beckett, uncle ;
Spouse: Bertha Von Hillern (1853-1939), lesbian lover of 30 years ;

Training: Charles Beckett (1814-1867), her father (1839-1867) ; Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897) (1865) ; William Morris Hunt (1824-1879) in Boston, MA (ca.1875-ca.1877) ; under Charles Francois Daubigny (1817-1878) in Paris, France (ca.1877) ; studied in Rome (ca.1877), Italy (ca.1877) ; Germany (ca.1877) ;
Instructors: Charles Beckett (1814-1867) (her father) (1839-1867) ; Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897) ; William Morris Hunt (1824-1879) ; Charles Francois Daubigny (1817-1878) ;
Work: Railroad promotion illustrations with her father ;


Member: Guild of the Infant Saviour, New York, NY, board member (1902) ;
Exhibited with: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY ; Boston Art Club, Boston, MA ; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA ; St. Augustine, FL art colony ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY ; Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, Portland, ME ;

Milestones: Portland, OR fire of 1866 destroys the family’s life and they convert to Catholicism, adopting a medieval affectation by dropping the last ‘T’ from their name and beginning it with a’ ;



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FAD notes:

– some sources list Maria’s birth year as 1840.



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Record birth date:
June 3 2018


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