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Nelly McKenzie Tolman

Also Known as: Nelly Tolman, Nelly Summerill Tolman, Nelly Summerhill McKenzie

Salisbury, North Carolina 1877

Washington, District of Columbia 1961

Luce Artist Biography

Nelly Tolman, a student at the Corcoran School of Art, began painting miniatures around 1926. She was married to artist Ruel P. Tolman, who served as a curator and later director of the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum). Ruel Tolman was the founder and president of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, of which Nelly was a member.