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She started her career at 78...

Amazingly, Grandma Moses did not pick up a paintbrush until she was 78. She began painting rural life and New England landscapes, never painting parts of modern day life such as telephone poles and tractors in her works. Although she had never seen his works, some critics drew similarities between her style and that of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

And was named Mademoiselle magazine's ''Young Woman of the Year'' at the age of 88

In 1948 Grandma Moses was listed as one of Mademoiselle magazine's ''Young Woman of the Year.'' She received the accolade alongside interior decorator Dorothy Q. Noyes and economist Barbara Ward. The title was awarded to 10 women annually, with Grandmas Moses winning it for her ''flourishing young career and the youth of her spirit.''

Her paintings were sold for at little as £2...

Grandma Moses painted over 1 500 works in three decades. She began by charging around £2 to £4 for a painting, as her works grew in popularity this increased to £6 000-8 000.

Her most expensive art work ever sold was

Image: Christie's Image: Christie's

Sugaring Off, 1929, which sold at Christie's New York on December 1, 2010, for £195 100 ($254 500.) Paintings such as Sugaring Off depicted Moses' belief that men, women and children all had a role in their daily work as a community. Check out more realised prices for Grandma Moses here.

Her and Norman Rockwell were BFF

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Norman Rockwell and Grandma Moses were friends who lived over the Vermont-New York state border from each other. Grandma Moses appears in Rockwell's Christmas Homecoming, which was used as the cover for The Saturday Evening Post on 25th December, 1948.

One of her paintings hangs in The White House

Grandma Moses' Fourth of July is owned by The White House. The work was used on a U.S. commemorative stamp that was issued in her honor in 1969.

Work by Grandma Moses will be part of Skinner's Fine Paintings & Sculpture on 23rd September. Check out the full catalogue here.

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