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Mabel Dwight Portrait

Mabel Dwight

Cincinnati, Ohio 1876

Sellersville, Pennsylvania 1955

Active in:

  • New York, New York
  • Paris, France

Photo Caption:
Mabel Dwight, Self-Portrait, 1932, lithograph on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase 1972.38.


Although Mabel Dwight studied painting in her youth at the Hopkins School of Art in San Francisco, she was fifty years old before she began to practice art seriously. Born in Cincinnati, she spent her childhood and youth in New Orleans and California and also traveled extensively in France, Italy, India, and Ceylon. While in Paris in 1927 she became interested in lithography. Dwight, who was deaf, was a keen observer of the human comedy, which she depicted with humor and compassion in her work.

National Museum of American Art (CD-ROM) (New York and Washington D.C.: MacMillan Digital in cooperation with the National Museum of American Art, 1996)