Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art
Margaret May Dashiell (1869-1958)

Margaret May Dashiell, who was born in New Orleans, worked and exhibited in New Orleans, Charleston, Richmond, and elsewhere. She moved to Richmond at an early age where she studied under Edward Valentine. She was especially known for her pen and ink, pencil, and watercolor drawings of scenes from life in the old south at the end of the 19th, beginning of the 20th century. Many of her subjects were African-American portrayed with dignity and often humor. She recorded actual scenes of African-American life in the South as she witnessed it. She once said in an interview: “I never get them to sit for the sketches. I look at them as long as I dare, and come home and quickly sketch them from memory…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.”

Dashiell was also a writer and a poet, and her published works include Spanish Moss and English Myrtle (1920) and Richmond Reveries(1942). From 1915 to 1930 Dashiell ran The Serendipity Shop in Richmond selling books, prints, paintings, porcelain, glass, fans, and jewelry. During her lifetime her work 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. 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.

An exhibition of Dashiell’s work: Street Opera: Reconsidering the Art and Writing of Margaret May Dashiell,opened in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature at the University of Richmond on February 9, 2006.

Reference: E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Gründ, Paris, 1999.--- Who Was Who in American Art, Peter Hastings Falk, editor, Sound View Press, Madison, CT, 1999.--- Wright, R. Lewis, Artists in Virginia Before 1900, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, 1983.


Season's Greetings

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Season's Greetings

Lithographic print
Signed in the plate, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 4⅛ X 8⅝
Frame size: 7⅝ X 7⅝
Framed using Museum Glass & all acid-free materials
FC16002   $475
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The Flower Market

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
The Flower Market

Lithographic print
Signed in the plate, lower right
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 6⅝ X 5¼ inches
Frame size: 10¾ X 9¾nches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16003   $475
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Buying a Christmas Wreath

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Buying a Christmas Wreath

Lithographic print
Signed in the plate, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 5⅜ X 4¼
Frame size: 8⅞ X 7&frac135
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16004   $475
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Stopping for a Visit

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Stopping for a Visit

Pen & ink drawing
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 6½ X 6½
Frame size: 11¼ X 11¼
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16005   $675
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The Last March

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
The Last March

Lithographic print
Signed in the plate, titled, and dated, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 8 X 6 inches
Frame size: 12⅝ X 10⅜inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16006   SOLD
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Flower Sellers

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Flower Sellers

Lithographic print
Signed in the plate and inscribed
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 8 X 6 inches
Frame size: 13¾ X 10⅛
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16007   $475
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A Mother & Child

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
A Mother & Child

Pen & ink, traces of pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 8¾ X 6¼ inches
Frame size: 13 X 11¼ inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16008   $675
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Charleston,1939

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Charleston,1939

Pencil drawing
Inscribed, lower right:
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 87frac12 X6½ inches
Frame: 13 X 11 inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16009   $675
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The Blessing

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
The Blessing

Pen & ink, traces of pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private colletion, Virginia
Sheet siz: 8¾ X 6¾
Frame size: 13⅛ X10¾
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16010   $675
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At The Gate

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
At The Gate

Pen & ink, traces of pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 9½ X 6¼ inches
Frame size: 14⅛ X 11⅛
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16011   $675
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The Departure

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
The Departure

Pem & ink, pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 8 X 6 inches
Frame size: 13 X 10⅞ inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16012   $675
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A Dream of Pan

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
A Dream of Pan

Pen & ink, pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 7¾ X 6½ inches
Frame size: 12½ X 11 inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16013   $675
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The Swimming Hole

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
The Swimming Hole

Pen & ink, traces of pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 8⅝ X 6¼ inches
Frame size: 13¼ X 11 inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16014   $675
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Be My Valentine

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Be My Valentine

Pen & ink
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 8⅝ X6¼
Frame size: 13¼ X 11 inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16015   $675
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Bedtime

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Bedtime

Pen & ink, pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 8⅝ X6¼ inches
Frame size: 13¼ X 11 inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16016   $675
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Dancing for Joy

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Dancing for Joy

Pen & ink, traces of pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size:8⅛ X 6⅛
Frame size: 13 X 11 inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16017   $675
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Stopping for a Chat

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Stopping for a Chat

Watercolor, traces of pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
11 X 7⅜ inches
Frame size: 14¾ X12&38539
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16018   $775
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The Companion

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
The Companion

Pen & ink, pencil
Unsigned
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 10¾ X 8¼ inches
Frame size: 14½ X 12½
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16019   $675
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Richmond Market

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Richmond Market

Lithographic print
Signed in ink and inscribed by the artist, lower right:
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 12⅜ X 9¼ inches
Frame size: 16⅝ X 13⅜
Some minor foxing. Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16020   $475
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Flower Market Richmond

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Flower Market Richmond

Lithographic print
Signed in the plate, and inscribed:
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 12⅜ X 9¼ inches
Frame size: 16⅝ X 13⅜
Some minor foxing. Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16021   $475
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Market Scene

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
Market Scene

Lithographic print
Inscribed and signed in pen & ink: “To Mrs. Cordray H. Shield/In Remembrance of a delightful event/Margaret Dashiell
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 12⅜ X 9¼ inches
Frame size: 12⅝ X 13⅜ inches
Some minor foxing. Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC16022   $475
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A Man witha Yellow Straw Hat

Margaret May Dashiell 1869-1958
A Man witha Yellow Straw Hat

Watercolor, pen & ink
Unsigned
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private Collection, Virginia
Sheet size: 7½ X 6 inches
Frame size: 13¼ x 11⅛ inches
Framed using Museum Glass™ & all acid-free materials
FC17002   $775
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