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Mary Lewis Carey

1910-1986

Carey was born in Petersburg, Virginia and raised in Washington, D.C. She attended the National Academy of Design in New York from 1928 to 1933. After finishing her studies, Carey embarked on her career as a portrait painter in her Washington studio. She moved to Baltimore following her 1937 marriage to attorney James Carey III.

Lewis became a popular portrait artist in Baltimore, painting judges, physicians, editors, industrialists, and socially prominent women. Her portrait of Baltimore mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. hangs in City Hall. Her work is also included in the collections of The Johns Hopkins University, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, the Maryland Club, the Gilman School, and elsewhere. In 1956, she assisted Leon Kroll with the panels he was commissioned to paint of the mural in Shriver Hall on the Homewood Campus of The Johns Hopkins University.

Her works have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Corcoran Art Gallery, Phillips Gallery, the Washington Arts Club, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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