Mary Holden Bird was a painter and etcher, mainly of seascapes and landscapes. She studied at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art and went on to show at the Fine Art Society, where she had frequent one-man exhibitions, RA, RSW, RBA and Paris Salon. Mary was married to cartoonist Cyril Kenneth Bird, who drew for Punch as Fougasse, his work can still be seen today. She was especially fond of the area around Morar, Scotland, where she came to live and produce much of her well known and loved paintings. One of her transparent-washed watercolours is illustrated in Percy V Bradshaw’s book Watercolour: A Truly English Art. Mary Bird – known to her friends as Molly – lived in London for some time, then finally in Morar, Scotland. Mary has come to be represented by fine auction houses like Christie's, Sothebys and Bonhams.