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Margaret Rocle 1893 - 1981


18x16” lithograph 2/50, circa 1940

Estimate: $350 - $500

Margaret Rocle grew up on the east coast and was trained at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and then the Art Students’ League in New York. She met her husband in Paris while nursing during World War I and they eventually settled in California where they purchased a ranch. By the mid-1920s, Rocle returned to making art and was active in the San Diego scene. She was a member of the Society of Independent Artists, The San Francisco Society of Women Painters, and the San Diego Art Guild. She worked as a painter and a lithographer. She had an active exhibition record until the 1940s often winning prizes for her work and being shown at international expositions in Chicago, and San Diego. She and her husband went on to raise Arabian horses into the 1960s. After her death, the family were unable to find any of her art in the estate.  (See Kamerling’s essay on her in The Journal of San Diego History, 40:3, 1994.)