McCrossan was born in Liverpool, studying first at the Liverpool School of Art under John Finnie and  then attending the Academie Delecluse, Paris [Wood says Julian's Academie], where she achieved a number of awards, before arriving in St Ives to study under Julius OLSSON (1897-1899). 

Her earliest known St Ives title was shown in 1898. Adopting the town as her own, and using it as her base, she ran a painting school from her Porthmeor studio and exhibited harbour and coastal pictures from St Ives up to her death.  Painting chiefly in oil colour, she also produced many impressionist studies in watercolour of cloud effects over Porthmeor Beach; she specialised in painting the sea.

McCrossan travelled extensively on the Continent, exhibiting dazzling oils from Provence and the Mediterranean at the NEAC and London galleries.  She worked variously during the mid-1920s from 7 The Terrace, 9 Porthmeor Studios and 3 Seagull House, and her titles include Round House, Sennen (1927), Brixham (1933), Still Life and one of the paintings she exhibited at the RA: St Ives Harbour (Ill, Exh Cat, Falmouth). In 1928 she visited Polperro, producing Saturday Morning, Polperro. She made St Ives her permanent home in 1929. In 1934 she suffered a stroke, which proved fatal.

Her name has also been seen written as 'MaCrossan' (Wallace) and other variations.


Painter of landscapes, figures, flowers, marine subjects; teacher

works and access

Works include: Round House, Sennen (1927); Brixham (1933); Still LifeSt Ives Harbour; The Harbour, St Ives; St Ives; Interior with Still Life (1949); Polperro by Moonlight

Access to works: Liverpool; Salford; Southport; Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead; Rochdale; St Ives Town Council (Interior with Still Life)


RBA (67)

NEA (30)

RA (22)


STISA (Touring)

Beaux Arts Gallery, London Landscapes of Provence and Cornwall 1928

Falmouth Art Gallery Women Artists (Group) 1996

Penlee House, Penzance Women Painters in Cornwall (Group) 2002

Penlee House, Penzance Sea Change - Art in St Ives 1914-1930 (Group): The Round House, Sennen


Sandon Studios Society, Liverpool

Liver Sketching Society

STISA: 1928-34

RBA: 1927-34


Athenaeum (1923) Vol XXXII (p 590)

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall

Hoyle, H (Sept 2010 Women Artists in Cornwall Review of 'Sea Change' exhibition, Penlee House)

Mallett's Index

 RCPS exhibitors list (J F Tonkin)

Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960)

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash

Tovey (2010) Sea Change - Art in St Ives 1914-1930

Tovey (2021) Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre - Volume Two - Post-1920, Wilson Books

Wallace et al (1996) Women Artists in Cornwall 1880-1940 (under MaCrossan)

The Studio Vol 83: 15 Apr 1922 (col pl: Amalfi)

Wood (1995) Victorian Painters

Who's Who in Art

Wormleighton (1998) Morning Tide: J A Park and the Painters of Light






Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership