Hubert Arthur Finney:
Portrait of Mary Baker Eddy, circa 1930
Unframed (ref: 5855)
Oil on board
24 x 14 1/2 in
Tags: Hubert Arthur Finney portraits women RELIGION
Provenance: the artist's son
Mary Baker Eddy (July 16, 1821 – December 3, 1910) was the founder of Christian Science, a new religious movement in the United States in the latter half of the 19th century.
Eddy wrote the movement's textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (first published 1875) and founded the Church of Christ, Scientist in 1879. She also founded the Christian Science Publishing Society (1898), which continues to publish a number of periodicals, including The Christian Science Monitor (founded in 1908).
According to Finney's son H.A. Finney had a strong admiration for Mary Baker Eddy almost a fascination and some of this is exhibited in the portrait itself. His interest in MBE existed quite some before his conversion to Christian science, towards the end of his life.
Many of Finney's RCA contemporaries, such as Evelyn Dunbar, were committed Christian Scientists.
We are grateful to Nicholas Finney for assistance.