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View, New York City, World’s Fair, Mary Turlay Robinson, Vintage Watercolor, 1939


Mary Turlay Robinson (b. 1888)
New York World’s Fair
American: 1939
Signed and dated lower right: M.T.R. 1939
7 x 5 inches overall

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Watercolor painting by Mary Turlay Robinson of the iconic pylon and sphere from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Mary Turlay Robinson was a painter and lecturer based in New York City . She studied at Vassar College, the Art Students League, and the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts. She was a member of the American Federation of Arts and the French Fresco Society and served as an officer of the French Academy in 1933. Among her exhibitions were the Salon d’Automne (1925) and Les Independents (1926) in Paris and in New York at the National Association of Women Artists and the American Woman’s Association in the 1930s. Her papers are in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

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An interesting introspective note by Robinson was included with the above lot:

“In college my adviser Miss Laura Wylie, head of the English Dept. asked me Senior year whether I was engaged. I said ‘no’ to which she answered ‘well, if you’re not you ought to be, for you’re a clinging vine.’ Well, I have had because of circumstances beyond my control, to be a wind blown tree, battered by wars and Depression but with deep family roots that have held, thank heaven.”


Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p p. 523 (Robinson) and 286 (Hoffman).

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