John White Alexander
Woman in Black (Portrait of Mrs. Paul W. Bartlett), 1893
Signed John W. Alexander and dated 93 (ll); inscribed Portrait by John W. Alexander on the reverse
Oil on canvas
75 1/2 x 36 inches
Emily Montgomery Skinner Bartlett (Mrs. Paul Wayland Bartlett), Rome, Italy
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, acquired from the above
Dr. Robert P. Coggins, Marietta, GA
Sid Hill, New York
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York
Paris, Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Salon of 1894
Chicago, IL, Art Institute of Chicago, 1894
St. Petersburg, Russia, Exposition internationale artistique de Saint-Pétersbourg, 1901-1902, no. 90 (as Portrait de Mme. B.)
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, American Paintings II, 1983, p. 47, illus.
In a letter dated Aug. 31, 1978, Mary Anne Goley wrote, "The Portrait of Mrs. Paul W. Bartlett, also known as Woman in Black, is the painting exhibited on the Champ de Mars at the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1894. This is well documented. However, according to my records, it was never exhibited at the World's Fair, but one year later in 1894 at the Art Institute of Chicago."
Emily Montgomery, former wife of the sculptor Paul Wayland Bartlett, wrote of her portrait in a letter dated January 1, 1938: "I knew all the artists of note in Paris and I was the youngest of the artists' wives so I was rather popular... " She described the portrait as "one of John Alexander's earliest portraits, painted in 1894. Exhibited in the Paris salon the following year, with great success, that same year Mr. Alexander was made 'Hors Concours.' This portrait has been exhibited all over the world in Russia - Italy - the Chicago World Exhibition etc. etc." While her dates are slightly off, her reminiscence of her Parisian sojourn more than forty years earlier sheds a uniquely personal perspective on the close-knit circle of American artists working abroad.
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