Lilly Martin Spencer
Lilly Martin Spencer (born Angélique Marie Martin)
was an American artist. Born in Exter, England to
French parents, she immigrated to Marietta,
Ohio at the age of eight. Spencer’s artistic career began in Cincinnati in 1841. Her artwork gained popularity following her move to New York in 1848.
Spencer was known for her still-life and portrait paintings that captured the scenes of home life. She would often use her family and her pets as models for her playful reflections of domesticity. Additionally, Spencer’s art reflects the independent
spirit of the female figure, an idea that worked against the (at the time) male-dominated world of art. Spencer’s fame was also thanks to the lithographs she sold of her paintings.