Margaret S. Peirce was active in the Boston area during the first two decades of the twentieth century. She acquired a studio at the newly opened Fenway Studios building in 1906 and remained there until 1915. Some of the city’s best-known artists—William Paxton, Ernest Lee Major and Philip Hale—occupied Fenway Studios during Peirce’s time there. Though little is known about her education, the influence of these Boston School proponents is clearly evident in her work, particularly this figural scene.
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Unlike Grundmann Studios, Fenway Studios did not have a central exhibition space. Artists there did not organize exhibitions together nor did they hold building-wide artist festivals such as those held at Grundmann. As such, Peirce exhibited at such venues as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in their 1912 annual.
An interior scene with a woman absorbed in her work on the fabric before her, Seamstress reveals how Peirce painted in the traditional manner that her fellow Fenway Studios artists promoted.
Private collection, Roslindale, Massachusetts
(left stretcher, in pencil) 209 Fenway Studios / Boston
Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri / Artists of the / Boston Art Club / 42. / Seamstress / Margaret S. Peirce