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Lilly Martin Spencer papers, 1828-1966

Spencer, Lilly Martin, 1822-1902

Muralist, Printmaker, Portrait painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.9 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of portrait and genre painter Lilly Martin Spencer, measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1828-1966. The collection includes biographical material, scattered lists, notes, receipts, and legal documents relating to Spencer's life and work, Spencer's business and family correspondence, printed material, a lithograph, photographs of Spencer and others, and photos of Spencer's artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

New York and Ohio painter Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902) was known for her popular portrait paintings and humorous domestic genre scenes.


The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1971 by Lillian Spencer Gates, Spencer's granddaughter.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm (reel 132) of the Martin family papers and Campus Martius Museum records regarding Lilly Martin Spencer. Originals are located at the Campus Martius Museum, Ohio Historical Society.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 131, fr. 1-264: Originals returned to lender, Lillian Spencer Gates, after microfilming.