The artist Mary Cecil Allen enjoyed a larger reputation in her own time than posterity has bestowed. She’s worth rediscovering. Born in Australia, she studied with Max Meldrum, a leading Australian artist. She was in demand as a lecturer on art in America, where two of her books were published: The Mirror of the Passing World and Painters of the Modern Mind. Allen came to town in 1950 and spent much of the rest of her life here. She played an active role in the Provincetown Art Association. She converted this house into a studio in the mid-1950s. It was here that she died in 1962, at 68. Mary Cecil Allen was buried in Provincetown at her sister’s request. This Melbourne native found her home 10,000 miles away.
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