Marguerite S. Pearson (1898-1978)


Born in Philadelphia, American artist and illustrator Marguerite Pearson honed her skills studying with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and privately from 1922-27 with Edward Tarbell. Prior to this she worked as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines. She excelled in producing a wide spectrum of work, from floral still-lifes and working portraits of civil servants to coastal scenes of Rockport, Massachusetts. She began visiting the coastal community each summer early on, and moved there permanently in 1941.

A member of numerous societies and clubs, she exhibited in more than 150 shows over her career, and was the winner of numerous awards. She accomplished all while facing the adversity of confinement in a wheelchair from a bout with polio in her teenage years. As well as critical success, she became financially successful in the 1940s, both from her original output and her interior scenes reproduced as prints for the public.

An active member of the Rockport civic community for most of her life, she was a highly regarded member of the local art association and in demand as an art teacher and exhibition juror. Her observant eye and attention to compositional served her well at both, and give her original works a desirability whatever the subject. Her paintings display a practiced professionalism of balance and composition blended with a delicate touch.