Lee Kingman Natti
born 1919 -
Lee Kingman Natti was born in Reading, Massachusetts. After graduating from Smith College in 1940, she worked as an editor of children's books at Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company from 1942 to 1946. She first came to Cape Ann when Houghton Mifflin sent her to take art classes from George Demetrios. The model who was working for Demetrios at that time was Robert Natti who was on leave from the U.S. Army. Natti was a native of Lanesville and the son of a Finnish immigrant who worked in the nearby quarries. Lee and Robert married in 1945 and settled in Lanesville. They had two children, Susanna in 1948 and Peter in 1950. Natti joined the Folly Cove Designers in the late 1940s and worked with the group until it disbanded. In addition to her work as a Folly Cove Designer, Natti has authored 27 children's books.