Moser, Mary (1744–1819)

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Moser, Mary (1744–1819)

German-born flower painter. Born in Germany in 1744; died in 1819; daughter of a Swiss gold-chaser and enameller; educated in England.

As a child, Mary Moser was exhibiting her flower paintings at the Society of Artists. By age 20, she was elected a founder member of the Royal Academy, along with one other woman, Angelica Kauffmann , and exhibited there from 1768 to 1790. Moser was paid £900 to decorate one of the rooms at Frogmore for Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744–1818), wife of George III. The queen was so pleased that she dubbed it "Miss Moser's room." Mary Moser painted professionally until age 53, when she married a friend's widower. Wrote Germaine Greer: "One of the pieces in the British Royal Collection shows that if she was the first significant British flower painter, she was also one of the best."


Greer, Germaine. The Obstacle Race. NY: Farrar, Straus, 1979.

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