Born Jane Caroline Mahon in Detroit, Michigan on July 21, 1863. Married Louis Crandall Stanley, who was at one time president of the Detroit Archaeological Society. Died October 31, 1940 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after a brief illness. She had been living at the home of her son, George Stanley, a member of the Geology Department at the University of Michigan. Her daughter, Alice Stanley Acheson, was also a painter and the illustrator of New Roads in Old Virginia, and her father-in-law, John Mix Stanley, was a painter of Indians and western landscapes.
Stanley studied with Charles Sanderson, Louis K. Harlow, H. H. Hallett, and S. P. R. Triscott, and in London with Leonard Richmond. She was a charter member of the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors and was active in several other artists’ societies. Most of her paintings depict scenes observed during her world travels. She continued to seek out new inspiration for her work even as she grew older, traveling to Mexico and Central America three years before her death.
In a brief announcement (11-6-27) of her return after a year spent in northern Italy and the exhibition of her paintings at the Bonstelle Playhouse Gallery, the Detroit Free Press wrote, “Her sketches of Venice depart from the too-familiar beauties known to the genus ‘tripper,’ and find the flavor of native life in the city.”
Mrs. Walter Parker bequeathed thirty of Stanley's watercolors to the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, in 1954. The Detroit Art Institute also owns works by Stanley, as does the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Museum for Women in the Arts.
Memberships: Detroit Society of Women Painters; American Water Color Society; Washington Water Color Club; National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors; American Federation of Arts; Ann Arbor Art Association
One-person exhibitions: Bonstelle Playhouse, Detroit, 1926-27; John Hanna Galleries, Detroit, 1928, 1938; Ann Arbor Art Association, 1931, 1938; Argent Gallery, New York City, 1942 (two-person)
Detroit Society of Women Painters Annual, Detroit 1905, 1921, 1923, 1930, 1933-34, 1951
Annual Exhibition of the Scoiety of Western Artists, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1910
Annual Watercolor Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1925, 1928-29, 1931
Detroit Society of Women Painters, Argent Gallery, New York City, 1932
Ann Arbor Art Association, 1937
Sources: Acheson, Alice. Jane Stanley, 1863-1940: Her Life and Work. Washington, D.C.: Whalesback Books, 1990; Artists in Michigan, 1900-1976: A Biographical Dictionary. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989; Detroit Free Press, November 6, 1927; Detroit Free Press, November 2, 1940; McGlauflin, Alice Coe, ed. Dictionary of American Artists, 19th and 20th Century. Poughkeepsie, NY: Glenn Opitz/Apollo Book, 1982; New York Times, November 1, 1940; Opitz, Glenn B., ed. Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters Sculptors and Engravers, 2nd ed. Poughkeepsie, NY: Apollo, 1986; Pettys, Chris. Dictionary of Women Artists. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
In the late seventeenth century, three brothers in the Wang family prepared the illustrations for what would become the most lavish woodlblock print book made in China to that date: The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting (Jiezi yuan hua zhuan / Chieh-tzu-yüan hua-chuan). A thirteen-volume compendium of Chinese painting styles, The Mustard Seed Garden did for Chinese painting what the lithograph did for European painting in the age before photography: it was the means by which the work of famous artists became known to a vast audience across time and space. Every aspiring artist in China, and many in Korea and Japan as well, studied its pages of both full compositions and isolated motifs.
The name of the book is taken from the country residence of author of the preface, the essayist and playwright Li Yu / Li Yü óõãô (1611–80). The first edition, published in the southern urban center of Nanjing / Nanking over the course of two decades, was a best seller. Innumerable reprint editions were issued in China (the pages shown here are from an edition published in the 1880s) and Japan, and the first full English translation and reproduction appeared in the 1950s.
Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art
Exhibited in "Flora and Fauna in Chinese Art," April 6, 2002 - December 1, 2002.