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Mother and Twins

ca. 1918
20th Century
36 in. x 42 in. (91.44 cm x 106.68 cm)

Constance Jenkins Macky, American, (1883–1961)

Object Type: Paintings
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of the Artist through Albert M. Bender
Accession Number: 1925.51
Born in Victoria, Australia in 1883, Constance Lillian Jenkins was a significant Bay Area artist in the early twentieth century. In 1916, she and her husband Eric Spencer Macky founded the Spencer Macky Art School in San Francisco on Post Street in a building that housed many notable Bay Area artists. By 1917, the school was popular enough that it moved to a larger building where it merged with the California School of Fine Arts. Today it is known as the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to raising two sons, and teaching art classes with her husband, Macky established a successful career as a figure and portrait painter. Mother and Twins shows the sensitivity of a caring mother for her children and uses an Impressionistic style to portray the unseen labor of a turn-of-the-century homemaker.

---Susan Prier, January 2022

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  • Frame Dimensions: 45 in. x 51 in. x 3 in. (114.3 cm x 129.54 cm x 7.62 cm)
  • Canvas Dimensions: 36 x 42 in. (91.44 x 106.68 cm)

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