In a New York Sun article published in 1930, Martha Moore said, “Sculpture is really women’s’ supreme medium. You see, women, in creating anything, like to get around it and get their hands into it. They are naturally both realistic and visionary and as soon as they let themselves go, their instincts dominate.”
Martha Moore Rathbone McDowell was born in New Britain, daughter of Martha Hart Moore and E.A. Moore, former president of Stanley Works. Martha graduated from Vassar College in 1924 and studied in New York at the Grand Central Art School and the Art Students League. She also studied with the painter Alexander Archipenko, the sculptor Heinz Warneke and with Alfred H. Barr who later became the director of the Museum of Modern Art. Martha was noted for her bronze figures of Alice in Wonderland characters.
Martha was a member of the National Arts Club, Allied Artists of America and the National Art Association. She exhibited widely – at the Society of Artists in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Vassar Club of New York, Grace Horn Galleries of Boston, the New School for Social Research, Dudensing Galleries in New York, Kent Art Association, National Arts Club of New York and the Clay Club.