DRAGONETTE, Jessica (1946)

Head and shoulders in gold fez. Oil on canvas, signed upper left ‘A. Muller-Ury’.

Private Collection, Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.

Given to Jessica Dragonette by the artist; her husband Nicholas M. Turner; Jessica’s nephew in California 1987, with his wife Jean in 1994; given to Jessica’s niece in late 1990s.

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A press photograph of the artist who was travelling with Jessica Dragonette to one of her concerts, probably in Dearborn, MI. She is wearing the gold fez.

Jessica Valentina Dragonette was born February 14, 1900, and died March 18th, 1980, was a popular radio soprano before and during World War II. She married executive Nicholas Meredith Turner in 1947.

Muller-Ury met Jessica Dragonette in 1940 through the auspices of Archbishop Spellman, Martin Conboy (Lord Duveen’s New York attorney) and her sister Nadea Loftus, after singing at the Catholic Radio Hour tenth anniversary broadcast. He painted several portraits of her in the 1940s. She acquired numerous pictures by him from his estate in 1947.


Jessica Dragonette, Faith is a Song, (New York, 1951), pp. 239-241, 243-244, and 300-301.

Muller-Ury in 1946 standing on the terrace above Jessica Dragonette’s apartment at 350 East 57th Street, New York with this head and shoulders portrait.

This is the last picture that Muller-Ury painted of the singer.