Marie Newcomb A Good Point

Marie Guise Newcomb (1865-1895)

A Good Point   sold

oil on canvas

24″ x 16″

Newcomb, Marie H. Guise   (1861-1894)

Born Newark, New Jersey.  Died New York, New York.  Buried Valhalla, New York.

1890, 14 May. Married in Manhattan. Husband was Edward W. Newcomb.

“I am with animals all the time, and have grown to understand many of their little ways and wants.  For years I have been a member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and all horses are my friends, but I think that my heart goes out more to the old cart horses that have often, I know, seen better days, and so far as it is in my power to prevent, they shall never want for water.”

Much of Marie Guise Newcomb’s work is done in the sheds and stable yard near her studio, where she can study the animals on their own ground.  Many of the oldest truck horses are here her favorite models.  Often after a horse has become too dilapidated for work she will go to his master and hire him to pose.  When these weather-beaten old animals find themselves again being fed on sugar and bits of carrot, they must feel as if they had reached the Fountain of Life or Paradise.

The Times-Picayune, Newspaper (New Orleans, Louisiana) 03 December, 1893.

Mrs. Marie Guise Newcomb, who ranks high among the artists of New York city as an animal painter, some time ago painted a picture showing two horses drinking a the fountain in front of the S.P.C.A. headquarters on Fourth avenue.  Mrs. Newcomb, in accordance with her previously declared intention, ordered a drinking fountain, to be paid for from the money received for the painting.   The fountain will be placed at the junction of Third and Fourth avenues, in front of Cooper Union.  There will be a basin for the horses, and alongside of it a smaller one for dogs.  On the other side will be a drinking place for persons.

Mrs. Newcomb comes from French stock, but was born in Newark, N.J.  In 1885, after studying for some time in this country, she went to Europe, living in Paris for a year and studying under Detaille and other celebrated masters.  She then went to Ecouen and became the disciple of the famous animal painter Schenck.  She has exhibited her work frequently in this country.

The Daily Journal, newspaper, (New Bern, North Carolina) 24 March, 1894.

Mary (sic) Guise Newcomb, a painter of animals, died of heart failure on Saturday in New York.  She was a native of Newark, N.J., and was 29 years old.  Nine years ago she went to Europe, where she studied in Paris for one year.  She then went to Algiers, where she studied for a year, afterwards making an excursion to the Oasis of Diskra, in the desert, where she studied and painted the Arabian horse in action. In 1887 she exhibited at the Paris Salon, receiving honorable mention.

The Tennessean, newspaper, (Nashville, Tennessee) 30 June, 1894.

Her dates of birth and death are from Census Records and her Tombstone.

Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher and Historian, Greenville, Michigan