Feeding Chickens

Margaret Law
SMA 2001.04

aquatint etching

ca. 1917

7 x 8 inches

18 x 20 centimeters

Gift of Mr. and Mrs.Hank Barnet; framing provided by Mr. and Mrs. David Henderson

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about the artist

Margaret Law graduated from Converse College in 1895 as that  institution’s first fine art major. She went on to attend the  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts , Art Students League, Cooper School,  and New York School of Art. Law studied under both William Merritt Chase  and Robert Henri, but cited the latter as the greatest influence on her  work. After college she taught at Bryn Mawr Art School in Baltimore for  nearly twenty years, before returning to Spartanburg in 1936, where she  co-founded the spiritual ancestor of the Spartanburg Art Museum, the  Spartanburg Arts and Crafts Club, with Josephine Sibley Couper.  


Margaret Law is purported to have said of her work, “I put down what I  see, wherever I am, and the result is a record of life in a small  southern town.” Interest in real-life characters and situations was  common among students of Robert Henri, and Margaret Law's "small  southern town" was a cultural territory brimming with interesting  characters and symbolic, pastoral rituals. Many of Law's works depict  the lives and routines of rural laborers, often African Americans. The  number and variety of works which deal with this theme in her oeuvre  reveal a deep attachment and interest. Her etchings dealing with this  theme are particularly masterful, displaying a great sensitivity to  form, line, and tone.