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Mary Roberts Ebert
Lyme Art Colony
(February 8, 1873–October 17, 1956)
In Lyme: 1919-1956
Mary Roberts Ebert (1873-1956) was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania on February 8, 1873. Her father invented of the Roberts Torpedo used in oil drilling amassing great wealth. In the mid-1890s she began studying at the Art Students League. By 1897 she had enrolled in Twachtman’s summer classes at Cos Cob.
In 1903 Mary married Charles Ebert and they settled in Greenwich. Their only child Elizabeth was born in 1904. Mary Ebert was active with the Greenwich Society of Artists and exhibited there in 1928. She was a member of the Lyme Art Association and participated regularly in their annual exhibitions. She exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1919-20. The Florence Griswold Museum held a retrospective exhibition in 1996 entitled, "Color, Light & Atmosphere: The Art of Charles and Mary Roberts Ebert."
She was a life member of the American Watercolor Society and a member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors in New York.
Mary Roberts & Charles Ebert moved to Old Lyme and bought an Italianate house on Lyme Street. They frequently took their meals at Miss Florence's enjoying the company of fellow artists. She and her husband traveled extensively. Her drawings and watercolors of coastal areas show scenes from New England, Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.
Mary Ebert died in Old Lyme on October 17, 1956.