Mary Sparling Brown was born in New York in 1835. She was the wife of Joseph E. Brown. By 1865 the couple had moved to San Jose, California. After a few years they moved to San Francisco where Mary became active in the local art scene. Most of her floral still lifes went up in flames in the fire that followed the earthquake in 1906. She then moved to King County, Washington where she is believed to have died about 1911.
Exhibited: California State Fair, 1879-81; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1883-85; California Building, World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago), 1893; Alaska-Yukon Exposition (Seattle), 1909.
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