Mary Amanda Lewis Biography

Mary Amanda Lewis was born in 1872 in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Cornelia Edgerton and Franklin Jay Lewis. As a youth she was exposed to art and music through her artistic parents who were fine musicians.

As a child she studied art and music with her father and in the 1890s studied painting with William F. Jackson at the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento, California. During the summer she was among William Merritt Chase’s summer students in Carmel in 1914.

Coming from a long line of musicians, she was also an accomplished cellist. Lewis performed for five years at the Hotel Del Monte in Monterey. Her music career enabled her to perform outside of Sacramento in places such as Lake Tahoe and Paso Robles, and these areas inspired many of her paintings.

An Impressionist, her works show the influence of Chase. Mary Amanda Lewis died in Sacramento, California in 1953 having spent most of her life there.

Exhibited: Calif. State Fair, 1891-95; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1910, 1912; Sacramento Hotel, 1911 (with her father); Sacramento Art League, 1912; Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915 (three works); SFAA, 1916, 1917; Kingsley Art Club, Crocker Art Gallery, 1930-47.

In: Society of Calif. Pioneers; Crocker Museum (Sacramento).

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); Sacramento Bee, 9-26-1953 (obituary