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Mary Grace Wikipedia
Mary Grace ( – 1799/1800) was a self-taught professional portrait painter and copyist in the 18th century.
Mary Hodgkiss' father was a shoemaker so her skill as a painter is thought to be self-taught although she may have had some assistance from Stephen Slaughter. She obtained work copying other images but she also exhibited her own compositions too at the Society of Artists of Great Britain. She married Thomas Grace in 1744 in London.
In 1749 a painting by her of the Reverend Thomas Bradbury was published after it was engraved by John Faber. The National Portrait Gallery has copies of this print and another, again after Mary Grace, of Thomas Bradbury, but engraved by Jonathan Spilsbury.
In about 1770 Thomas Grace died leaving property in Hackney but she had other property by 1799 or 1800 as she died at Weymouth Street in Marylebone leaving £1300. In 1785 her own self-portrait was engraved and published.