Mary Heister Reid
1854 - 1921
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Mary Augusta Catharine Heister (Reid) was born in in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1854. She attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women from 1881–1883 and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1883–1885 where she was taught by Thomas Pollock Anshutz and Thomas Eakins. It was there that she met her husband, Canadian artist and fellow student, George Agnew Reid.
After travelling in Europe for 4 months, the Reids settled in Toronto and set up a studio on King Street East, where they gave art lessons. In the spring of 1888 an auction of their work financed a second trip to Britain and France for the couple. Hiester enrolled in the Académie Colarossi in Paris, taking costume-study and life classes under Joseph Blanc, Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, Gustave Courtois, and Jean-André Rixens. She studied there again in 1896, during an extensive tour of Gibraltar and Spain, which Hiester described in three articles for Massey's Magazine (Toronto). The Reids spent every summer from 1891 to 1916 at Onteora, a private literary and artistic club in the Catskill Mountains in New York state where they had built an Arts