Maria Beckett was born in 1840 in Portland, Maine, daughter of the
Charles Beckett, a Maine Landscape and genre painter. Her painting,
"Study of the Outdoors", (Etude en Plein Air, ca. 1875) is an exquisite
oil on canvas that displays her experience gained by studying with the
Barbizon masters, particularly Daubigny, while he and his pupil, Monet,
were experimenting with early impressionism. After her work in France,
she changed her name to A' Becket and became an accomplished tonalist
painting during the latter decades of the 19th century.