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Alice Beckington (July 30, 1868 – January 4, 1942) was an American painter. Two or three years before Inez Haynes Irwin arrived to Scituate a group of women artists became summer residents. They had been studying and painting in France and when they sought summer homes they decided to settle in Scituate. First they hired cottages, later they bought. This group included two sisters, Josephine Lewis and Matilda Lewis, Theodora Thayer, Mabel Stuart and Alice Beckington. Josephine Lewis, the most successful of them all, became a portrait painter. In many of the Scituate homes today hang portraits of little boys and girls painted by her. Her work was influenced by Renoir. Thayer and Alice Beckington specialized in miniatures.
Born in St. Charles, Missouri, Beckington studied art at the Art Students League of New York, where she was a pupil of J. Carroll Beckwith; she also studied for a month with Kenyon Cox. She next traveled to Paris for study at the Académie Julian, where her instructors included Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, and taking lessons with Charles Lasar at his studio. She had exhibitions at Paris Salons and Paris Expositions through 1900, including the Salon du Champ de Mars. Upon returning to the United States, Beckington began exhibiting work in venues including the Pan-American Exposition, where she received an honorable mention, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, where she received a bronze medal, and Poland Spring Exhibition. She was a founder member of the American Society of Miniature Painters, of which organization she served as president for a number of years, and from 1905 to 1916 she taught miniature painting at the Art Students League. She was also a member, during her career, of the American Federation of Arts and the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters. Beckington was among the women artists, including Theodora Thayer, Thomas Meteyard, sisters Matilda Lewis and Josephine Lewis, and Mabel Stuart who began summering at Scituate, Massachusetts around the turn of the century, founding a small artistic colony. During this time she also spent time with notable feminist author Inez Haynes Irwin, and she and Thayer both painted portraits of Irwin that were exhibited in the Knoedler Gallery. In 1935, she was awarded the medal of honor by the Brooklyn Society of Miniature Painters. A portrait by Beckington of her pupil Rosina Cox Boardman is currently in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Three portraits, including one of her mother, are owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alice Beckington, Rosina Cox Boardman, 1914, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the American Society of Miniature Painters, 1965.30.7
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