Florence, Mary Sargant (1857–1954)

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Florence, Mary Sargant (1857–1954)

English artist and suffragist. Name variations: Mary Sargant. Born Mary Sargant in 1857 in London, England; died 1954 in England; educated privately in Brighton; studied at Slade School under Alphonse Legros and later studied in Paris; m. Henry Smyth Florence (American musician), 1888 (died 1891).

Exhibited paintings at Royal Academy and New English Art Club, becoming member (1911); executed mural at Chelsea Old Town Hall, depicting celebrities in science, religion and politics; received commissions for works in Oakham Old School and Bournville School Hall; was involved in suffrage movement, National Union for Women's Suffrage Societies and Women's Freedom League; joined Tax Resistance League (1909); contributed to various publications including articles on color theory for Cambridge Magazine.