The artist was born in Napier, New Zealand, the daughter and second child of Edward (born in Wales, died in NZ 1882) and Edith Towgood. Her widowed mother brought Mary and her three sisters to live in England, where Mary later attended the RA Schools, and studied in Newlyn (C Wood), possibly with GARSTIN, before her marriage.

In 1899 she married the genre and portrait painter John Young-Hunter, and with him had one daughter, Gabrielle (b1906). She exhibited at the RA and worked as a portraitist in Scotland and England until 1915, when the family went to the United States, living first in New York City and subsequently in Taos, New Mexico. The couple parted in 1921 when she moved to Berkeley, Californa, building a home in Carmel where she subsequently died.


Portraits and still life in oils

works and access

Work includes: Three sisters (sold 1987); Still life, flowers (sold 2000); A good story (sold 1991); Flowers in a Green Vase

Access: City Art Gallery, Leeds: Flowers in a Green Vase


RA; San Francisco Art Association


AskArt On-line

Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall p302

King, A (2005) Newlyn Flowers, The Floral Art of Dod Procter (illus)

McConkey K (2000) Exh Cat: Edwardian Pre-Raphaelites

Pyms Gallery, London: The Art of John and Mary Young Hunter

C Wood Victorian Painters