Lilly Martin Spencer
American artist Lilly Martin Spencer (born Angélique Marie Martin) was born in Exter, England to French parents, they immigrated to Marietta, Ohio when she was eight. Spencer’s artistic career began in Cincinnati in 1841. Her artwork gained popularity when she moved 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 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 spread by the lithographs that she sold of her work.