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Helen McCarthy

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 - 1927)

A founding member of The Philadelphia Ten in 1917, Helen McCarthy's tenure was cut short in 1927 by death at the early age of 43. Born in Poland, Ohio, McCarthy came to the region around 1988 with her family. She attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now known as Moore School of Art) and studied under Elliott Daingerfield and Henry Snell. She was a founding member of the Philadelphia Ten in 1917. Among numerous exhibition prizes McCarthy was awarded the Mary Smith prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1918. She moved to New York in 1920 and built a studio in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. McCarthy’s oeuvre included still-lifes, landscapes and portraits. Her death followed a brief illness in 1927. Her death was the first death of the original members of the Philadelphia Ten and it affected the remaining members deeply. They included her work posthumously in two exhibitions and despite her death, the remaining members were determined that Helen McCarthy's work should live on.

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