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Painter, Illustrator, b. 1869 - d. 1958

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      • MARGARET MAY DASHIELL (VIRGINIA / LOUISIANA, 1869-1958) RICHMOND, VIRGINIA GENRE SCENE
        Sep. 22, 2023

        MARGARET MAY DASHIELL (VIRGINIA / LOUISIANA, 1869-1958) RICHMOND, VIRGINIA GENRE SCENE

        Est: $80 - $120

        MARGARET MAY DASHIELL (VIRGINIA / LOUISIANA, 1869-1958) RICHMOND, VIRGINIA GENRE SCENE, watercolor on paper, featuring two African-American women with small children, standing in front of a cemetery and church, signed and inscribed "M. Dashiell / Richmond, Va" lower right. Matted and housed under glass in a modern frame. Circa 1920. 8 1/2" x 6 3/4" sight, 16 1/2" x 14" OA. Catalogue Note: Born in New Orleans, Margaret May Mitchell is most often identified with Richmond, VA, where she studied with Edward Valentine and spent most of her career. A painter, illustrator, lithographer, lecturer, and writer, Mitchell contributed often to magazines and authored two books, Spanish Moss and English Myrtle in 1920, and Richmond Reverie in 1940. The present example demonstrates her abilities as an illustrator to capture telling detail.

        Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
      • Margaret May Dashiell, Virginia, Louisiana (1869 - 1958), masquerade, Mardi Gras revelers, oil on board, 27"H x 34 3/4"W (sight), 29 1/4"H x 37"W (frame)
        Jul. 01, 2023

        Margaret May Dashiell, Virginia, Louisiana (1869 - 1958), masquerade, Mardi Gras revelers, oil on board, 27"H x 34 3/4"W (sight), 29 1/4"H x 37"W (frame)

        Est: $300 - $600

        Margaret May Dashiell Virginia, Louisiana, (1869 - 1958) masquerade, Mardi Gras revelers oil on board signed lower right. Biography from the Archives of askART: A New Orleans native, Margaret May Dashiell lived and worked in Richmond, Virginia, eventually becoming a prolific artist, illustrator and writer. She is best known for her drawings and watercolors of African-American domestic workers and street vendors, as well as Confederate veterans, from the end of the nineteenth century through the 1940s. Dashiell was a prominent Richmond upper-class lady, a friend to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ellen Glasgow, a suffragist, and an importer and seller of European art prints, engravings, books and antiques in a shop on Adams Street, Richmond. She was familiar with the African-American domestic workers, market vendors, and the tattered Confederate veterans who peopled the streets of that city in the early 1900s. Dashiell was known to slip away from social gatherings to talk to a family's cook or maid, collecting impressions later to be translated into a drawing, a poem, or a story to portray her affectionate image of the Old South. She moved to Richmond at an early age and studied there under Edward Valentine. Many of her subjects were Blacks, and she once said in an interview: " …my sketches are not cartoons, but life studies…if you will examine their faces, you will see the brooding sadness that is there…This certain portion of Southern history should be made immortal, and I hope that my sketches will help make the record that is so necessary if this history is to be made immortal." Regarding Dashiell's art and writing, African-American history scholar and University of Richmond Associate Professor Kibibi Mack-Shelton said, "I am a firm believer in preserving as much from the social past as we can. Margaret May Dashiell has done just that through her artwork, capturing intriguing images of black everyday life in the Old South. Her drawings are simple, clean, and honest. She could have focused on flowers, trees, and vases, but she chose to preserve a unique history of simple events." Dashiell was an entrepreneur well entrenched in the society of Richmond, operating her Serendipity Shop from 1915 to 1930, importing and selling European prints, books, antiques, and a variety of other items. Local theatre companies consulted with her about period costumes, and women sought her advice on fashion design. She was married to John Parker Dashiell, who died in 1930, and together they had one son. who died in 1942. Dashiell's published writings include Spanish Moss and English Myrtle (1920), and Richmond Reveries (1942). During her lifetime her artwork was exhibited widely, in venues including the Anderson Gallery and the Valentine Museum in Richmond, the museum of Charleston, South Carolina, the Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans. Today her work is found in the permanent collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Valentine Museum, the Museum of the Confederacy, and the Virginia Historical Society, all in Richmond, Virginia, and in the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts in Farmville, Virginia. A collection of her watercolors and a selection of her correspondence and manuscripts are in the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The University of Richmond Museums also holds a large collection of work by Margaret Dashiell. Sources include: University of Richmond Museums, "Street Opera: Reconsidering the Art and Writing of Margaret May Dashiell (1869-1958)," Diana Thompson Vincelli, Curator. The exhibition took place from Feb 9 to July 29, 2006. The website is: http://museums.richmond.edu/lrgexhibitions/dashiell.html website of Fletcher Copenhaver Fine Art Who Was Who in American Art by Peter Falk

        Ripley Auctions
      • "Old Frances Man on Fousche" Watercolor by Margaret Dashiell - (1869-1958) - Framed and Matted - Frame Measures - 18 1/2" by 12 1/2"
        Jul. 17, 2021

        "Old Frances Man on Fousche" Watercolor by Margaret Dashiell - (1869-1958) - Framed and Matted - Frame Measures - 18 1/2" by 12 1/2"

        Est: -

        "Old Frances Man on Fousche" Watercolor by Margaret Dashiell - (1869-1958) - Framed and Matted - Frame Measures - 18 1/2" by 12 1/2"

        Winsteads Auction Company
      • Margaret May Dashiell (1869-1958, Virginia/Louisiana), "Flower Sellers," early 20th c., watercolor and ink, signed lower right, with...
        Jan. 19, 2020

        Margaret May Dashiell (1869-1958, Virginia/Louisiana), "Flower Sellers," early 20th c., watercolor and ink, signed lower right, with...

        Est: $250 - $450

        Margaret May Dashiell (1869-1958, Virginia/Louisiana), "Flower Sellers," early 20th c., watercolor and ink, signed lower right, with a presentation "To Dorothy," presented in a period gilt and gesso frame, H.- 14 1/2 in., W.- 1 3/4 in.

        Crescent City Auction Gallery
      • MARGARET MAY DASHIELL (VIRGINIA / LOUISIANA , 1869-1958) RICHMOND, VIRGINIA GENRE PAINTING
        Nov. 11, 2017

        MARGARET MAY DASHIELL (VIRGINIA / LOUISIANA , 1869-1958) RICHMOND, VIRGINIA GENRE PAINTING

        Est: $100 - $150

        MARGARET MAY DASHIELL (VIRGINIA / LOUISIANA , 1869-1958) RICHMOND, VIRGINIA GENRE PAINTING, watercolor on paper, a fine view of aged Confederate veterans on parade with onlookers, signed, dated, and inscribed "M. Dashiell / Memorial Day Monroe Park / 1919" lower right. Matted and housed under glass in an old frame. Together with another watercolor attributed to the artist, depicting a woman, child, and African-American nanny in a park-like setting before a large Georgian-style house, no signature located, matted and housed under glass in an old frame.

        Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
      • MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958)
        Mar. 04, 2017

        MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958)

        Est: $200 - $600

        MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958) MAMMY SPY F: 17 X 13.5" S 8.5 X 7"

        Chandler's International Auction
      • MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958) MAMMY
        Mar. 04, 2017

        MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958) MAMMY

        Est: $200 - $600

        MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958) MAMMY 11.5 X 9.5"

        Chandler's International Auction
      • MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958) MAMMY
        Jan. 15, 2017

        MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958) MAMMY

        Est: $200 - $600

        MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958) MAMMY 11.5 X 9.5"

        Chandler's International Auction
      • MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958)
        Jan. 15, 2017

        MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958)

        Est: $200 - $600

        MARGARET DAY DASHIELL (AMERICAN 1869-1958) MAMMY SPY F: 17 X 13.5" S 8.5 X 7"

        Chandler's International Auction
      • Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958) Watercolor
        Aug. 01, 2016

        Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958) Watercolor

        Est: $600 - $800

        Watercolor depicting an African American woman watching three children. 16.5 inches high, 13 inches wide.

        Big South Auction & Antiques Ltd.
      • Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958) Watercolor
        Aug. 01, 2016

        Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958) Watercolor

        Est: $400 - $800

        Portrait of a New Orleans woman, 11.5 inches high, 9 inches wide.

        Big South Auction & Antiques Ltd.
      • Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958) Watercolor
        Aug. 01, 2016

        Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958) Watercolor

        Est: $400 - $800

        Margaret Dashiell watercolor depicting two New Orleans African Americans. 14 inches high, 12 inches wide.

        Big South Auction & Antiques Ltd.
      • Hand Colored Lithograph by Margaret M. Dashiell
        May. 19, 2014

        Hand Colored Lithograph by Margaret M. Dashiell

        Est: $80 - $120

        "The Last March 1919", American (1869-1958), 11" H x 7" W, Frame 16 1/2" H x 13 1/4" W

        Quinn's Auction Galleries Central Virginia
      • Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Four Works
        May. 17, 2014

        Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Four Works

        Est: $100 - $10,000

        Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Four Works the first two depicting flowers vendors, one signed in the plate "M. Dashiell," the second inscribed and signed in the plate at lower right "M. Dashiell / Flower Market / Richmond, VA" (each SS 9 x 7 in.; DOA 14 x 12 in.); the third a print in colors with three figures, signed in the plate "M. Dashiell," a typed note on the verso reads "This is said to be a self-portrait of Margaret Dashiell and her niece." (DOA 7.25 x 7.25 in.); and the fourth a print with hand-coloring, signed in the plate at lower right, framed under glass (DOA 13.25 x 10.25 in.). The Estate Collection of Dr. & Mrs. R. Lewis Wright, Richmond, VA

        Leland Little Auctions
      • Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Flower Sellers
        May. 17, 2014

        Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Flower Sellers

        Est: $100 - $10,000

        Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Flower Sellers watercolor and ink on paper, signed at lower right "M. Dashiell," matted and framed under glass. SS 16 x 13 in.; DOA 21.5 x 17.5 in. Mrs. Margaret Dashiell owned and operated "Serendipity Shop," a "quaint" bookshop out of her home in Richmond. She specialized in subjects pertaining to the South, Virginia and Louisiana in particular. In 2006, a city wide exhibition of her watercolors, drawings, and writings were on view at three venues in Richmond, "Street Opera: Reconsidering the Art and Writing of Margaret May Dashiell." Her papers are housed at UNC-Chapel Hill's Southern Historical Collection. (See "Richmond Woman Conducting Quaint Book-Shop," The Publisher's Weekly, January 5, 1918, for a contemporary description of Mrs. Dashiell's shop, along with a photograph of its interior.) The Estate Collection of Dr. & Mrs. R. Lewis Wright, Richmond, VA

        Leland Little Auctions
      • Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Cauldron
        May. 17, 2014

        Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Cauldron

        Est: $100 - $10,000

        Margaret Dashiell (VA, 1869-1958), Cauldron watercolor on paper, signed in pencil at lower right "Margaret Dashiell," matted and framed under glass. SS 13.5 x 10 5/8 in.; DOA 19 x 16.25 in. Mrs. Margaret Dashiell owned and operated "Serendipity Shop," a "quaint" bookshop out of her home in Richmond. She specialized in subjects pertaining to the South, Virginia and Louisiana in particular. In 2006, a city wide exhibition of her watercolors, drawings, and writings were on view at three venues in Richmond, "Street Opera: Reconsidering the Art and Writing of Margaret May Dashiell." Her papers are housed at UNC-Chapel Hill's Southern Historical Collection. (See "Richmond Woman Conducting Quaint Book-Shop," The Publisher's Weekly, January 5, 1918, for a contemporary description of Mrs. Dashiell's shop, along with a photograph of its interior.) The Estate Collection of Dr. & Mrs. R. Lewis Wright, Richmond, VA

        Leland Little Auctions
      • Margaret May Dashiell, (1869 - 1958), sidewalk cafe, oil on canvas, 25" x 34".
        May. 13, 2014

        Margaret May Dashiell, (1869 - 1958), sidewalk cafe, oil on canvas, 25" x 34".

        Est: $300 - $500

        Margaret May Dashiell (1869 - 1958) sidewalk cafe oil on canvas Signed and dated 1946 lower right. Active: Virginia / Louisiana; genre painter and illustrator, known for African American subjects. Long dent with small puncture top left of center under stretcher frame, 25" x 34".

        Ripley Auctions
      • Margaret May Dashiell, (1869 - 1958), sidewalk cafe, oil on canvas, 25" x 34".
        Mar. 15, 2014

        Margaret May Dashiell, (1869 - 1958), sidewalk cafe, oil on canvas, 25" x 34".

        Est: $500 - $700

        Margaret May Dashiell (1869 - 1958) sidewalk cafe oil on canvas Signed and dated 1946 lower right. Active: Virginia / Louisiana; genre painter and illustrator, known for African American subjects. Long dent with small puncture top left of center under stretcher frame, 25" x 34".

        Ripley Auctions
      • †Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958), "Napoleon House, N.O.," 20th c., watercolor, signed and titled l.r., shrink wrapped, H.- 7 1/8 in., W..
        Oct. 26, 2013

        †Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958), "Napoleon House, N.O.," 20th c., watercolor, signed and titled l.r., shrink wrapped, H.- 7 1/8 in., W..

        Est: $300 - $500

        Margaret Dashiell (1869-1958), "Napoleon House, N.O.," 20th c., watercolor, signed and titled l.r., shrink wrapped, H.- 7 1/8 in., W.- 11 in.

        Crescent City Auction Gallery
      • Margaret May Dashiell (Virginia/Louisiana,
        Sep. 12, 2010

        Margaret May Dashiell (Virginia/Louisiana,

        Est: $500 - $700

        Margaret May Dashiell (Virginia/Louisiana, 1869-1958), "Sixth Street Market", hand-colored lithograph on board, signed in plate and titled in ink lower right, sight 11 in. x 8 3/4 in., matted and framed.

        Neal Auction Company
      • Margaret May Dashiell (American/New
        Jun. 28, 2009

        Margaret May Dashiell (American/New

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Margaret May Dashiell (American/New Orleans/Virginia, 1869-1958), ³Keep A Goin¹², gouache on paper, signed ³M. Dashiell², dated ³1922², inscribed ³Saturday Evening², and titled ³Keep A Goin¹² lower right, 11 in. x 8 1/4 in., unframed; together with American/Southern School, early 20th c., ³Portrait of a Girl Eating Watermelon², watercolor on paper, monogrammed ³FB² lower left and illegibly signed en verso, 11 in. x 7 1/2 in., matted.

        Neal Auction Company
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