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Mary Lyon Taylor

Indianapolis native Mary Lyon Taylor began producing pictorial photography in 1906, at the age of 35. A year later, she was the subject of a feature article in Craftsman, a national magazine devoted to the American Arts and Crafts movement. Taylor is known for her soft-focus portraits of women and children, but her subjects also included domestic workers and landscapes.

This traveling exhibit includes approximately 30 of the nearly 400 original glass plate negatives acquired and preserved by the Indiana Historical Society in the 1980s after they were discovered in the attic of Taylor's former Indianapolis residence. Your audience will be drawn in by this collection of beautiful early-20th-century photographs.

Ideas for use: Showcase portraits or items from everyday life in the early 20th century from your collection while this exhibit is on display.

Mary Lyon Taylor consists of individually framed photographs that are wired for hanging. It requires approximately 70 linear feet of wall space. The borrower is responsible for hanging the exhibit and taking it down after the show.

To book an exhibit, please contact Jeannette Rooney at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or (317) 233-8913.
Mary Lyon Taylor