Mary Hallock Foote
Statement by Luma
Mary Hallock Foote (1847–1938)
Mary Hallock Foote was an American author and illustrator. She is best known for her illustrated short stories and novels portraying life in the mining communities of the turn-of-the-century American West.
Mary Hallock Foote arrived in Boise in 1884. A native of New York, Foote came to Idaho accompanying her engineer husband Arthur Foote, who designed the New York Canal (irrigation works in the Boise valley). They spent twelve years in the Boise area before moving on to Grass Valley, California.
Mary Hallock Foote was the author of 12 novels and numerous magazine articles that she illustrated herself. Her skillful artwork showed the rest of the country just how beautiful Idaho could be. Her work of combining words and drawings is what attracted me to create a print, which shows the talents she had.