Vase and Flowers

WAG 581


Mary Harrison was the daughter of William Rossiter, a hat manufacturer in Stockport and Liverpool. She exhibited at the Liverpool Academy in 1812 and 1813 when she was recorded as living in St Anne Street. In 1814 she married George Henry Harrison. Fifteen years later he lost all his money and became an invalid leaving Mary as the sole support of their twelve children. Four of her children, William Frederick, George Henry, Maria and Harriet, became artists. She moved to London in 1829 and she was an original member of the New Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1831 where she exhibited frequently for the rest of her life. She also exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1833 to 1863.