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Mary Curtis Richardson

Mary Curtis Richardson was born in New York City in 1848 and came to California in 1850, when her father had joined the gold rush. Her father was an engraver and taught this skill to his daughters. Following further study at Cooper Union in New York, Richardson returned to San Francisco to open a wood engraving business. Upon its opening in 1874, Mary was one of the first students to enroll in the San Francisco School of Design. Known as the Mary Cassatt of the west, Richardson is best remembered for her intimate figuratives, usually featuring mother and child.