September 23, 1910
|Spouse(s)||John Borden Smyth|
Molly Guion (23 September 1910 – 1982) was an American portrait painter. She taught at the Art Students League of New York.
Early life and education
She attended the Sea Pines School of Charm and Personality for Young Women in Brewster, Massachusetts and Montgomery College. She then studied at the Grand Central School of Art. She was taught by Dimitri Romanovsky.
Guion was initially unsuccessful as a portrait painter in New York. She travelled to Britain to look for work, and was successful there in making contacts and having work commissioned by well-known people. She "spent several years “painting lords and dukes, staying in castles, having a marvelous time"". She painted Winston Churchill in 1946. She was commissioned to paint The Queen's Beasts at Westminster Abbey in 1953.
In 1977, her rate for portraits was $1,000 to $4,000, with her gallery retaining a third as commission.
Her work is held in the Government Art Collection, at the Black Watch Museum at Balhousie Castle and at Orkney Museum. Her painting of Elizabeth II, completed in 1953, was bought by the Wardroom Officers of the Royal Naval Barracks at Portsmouth. One of her several portraits of Thomas E. Dewey is at the Hall of Governors at the New York State Capitol.
Later life and death
Guion died in 1982.
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