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Lesley Bush-Brown, Margaret Whitelocked

(19 May 1857–17 November 1944)
  • Phyllis Peet


Lesley Bush-Brown, Margaret White (19 May 1857–17 November 1944), painter and etcher, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of J. Peter Lesley, a professor of geology and mining engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and Susan Inchus Lyman, a writer and social reformer. During her childhood, Margaret Lesley’s Unitarian parents encouraged her to develop her artistic skills. In 1869 she entered the antique class at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts but was soon told by officials at the school that she was too young. They referred her to the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, where she is listed on the school register for 1870. Lesley was probably a student of Peter Moran, who was the painting and drawing instructor at that time. In 1871 her parents arranged for her to spend a few months studying with sculptor ...

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