: "First Stew" is an example of the domestic genre paintings produced by Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902) in the second half of the nineteenth century. It shows a young, seemingly distressed woman, perhaps newly married, preparing a stew in what is presumably a Victorian kitchen. The painting is 15" x 18" (38.10 x 45.72 cm), and is a part of the Ohio Historical Society fine art collection. Lilly Martin was born in England. Her family settled near Marietta when she was eight years old. She studied with Sala Bosworth and Charles Sullivan, both prominent Marietta artists. After seeing an exhibition of her works in 1841, art patron Nicholas Longworth helped to arrange further training in Cincinnati where she studied with Henry Beard and John Insco. She married Benjamin Spencer in 1844; he worked as her business manager so that she could devote herself to her painting, which was the family's major source of income. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Spencer, Lilly Martin, 1822-1902; Multicultural Ohio--Ohio Women; Art, American--Ohio; Artists Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio); Marietta (Ohio); Washington County (Ohio)