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Portrait of Helen Elwyn Kremer

2009.22.5 (RS97824)

Description

Portrait of Helen Mary Middleton Elwyn Kremer (b. 1866) (Mrs. William Nance Kremer). Three-quarter length portrait of an older woman with gray hair and dark eyes seated on a gold upholstered sofa. She is wearing a green pendant necklace and a purple silk dress with sheer white lace sleeves. She also holds a feathered fan in her lap. Carved gilt frame.

Details

Label
Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010:<br/> Cecilia Beaux, one of America’s leading portrait painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is often compared to John Singer Sargent for her technical skill and ability to capture character. Here, she portrays Helen Kremer, a great-great-granddaughter of John Langdon. After the death of her husband in 1920, Kremer moved to the Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and lived there with her two sisters. She was the last Langdon descendant to reside in the house.
Maker
Beaux, Cecilia, 1853-1942 (Artist)
Date
1907-1910
Inscriptions
"MUSEUM / OF THE / Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences/ Artist...C. Beaux / Title....[paper is ripped at this point, illeg.]" (printed)
"KF2968A"
"KF2968A"
"Portrait of / Helen Elwyn Kremer / (Mrs. William A [middle initial illeg.] Kremer) / Given to her Great-Niece / Frances Wendell Stone / JOM [? illeg. letters], 1923." (handwritten)
Location of origin
Philadelphia or New York
Material
Masonite (TM)
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Masonite (TM)
oil paint (paint)
oil paintings (visual works)
Painting
Dimensions
52 x 40 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2009.22.5
Credit Line
Bequest of Frances S. Warrick
GUSN
175063

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