HAVEMEYER, Carlotta (Later Mrs Anson Bigelow) (1904)

Oval, bust-length, as a child, in a white dress with fancy collar, straw bonnet, with black ribbon and red (feather?) decoration. Oil on canvas, 23.1/2” x 19.1/4” (59.7 x 48.9 cms).
The gold frame, with carved upturned bow and ribbon, band roses at the top, 34.1/4” x 25.1/2” (cf. HAVEMEYER, Florence).

Private Collection, USA.

H. O. Havemeyer (died 1965); the sitter; her daughter Mrs. Peter Quinn [Sophie Havemeyer Bigelow], North Edgecombe, Maine (1927-2013); By descent.

M. KNOEDLER & CO., 355, Fifth Avenue (corner 34th Street), New York, November 23 – December 3, 1904.

Town Topics, December 1, 1904
Art Collector, April 1, 1905
The Collector and Art Critic, Vol. 3, No. 4, April 1, 1905, p. 56

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Carlotta Havemeyer was born in New York on 13 December 1901, the eldest child and daughter of H.O. Havemeyer Sr (1876-1965) and Charlotte Adelaide Green Whiting Havemeyer (1880-1962). She married Anson Alexander Bigelow (1897-1958) and was killed when run down by a car in Tuxedo Park on 12 February 1952. Muller-Ury painted more portraits of Carlotta Havemeyer than any other member of the family.

A plaque on the frame says ‘Carlotta Havemeyer, aged 5 years’ but this cannot be correct.

The Collector and Art Critic, Vol. 3, No. 4, April 1, 1905, p. 56 says, ‘A recent portrait by A. Muller-Ury is “Portrait of Carlotta Havemeyer.” It is one of his most notable works, and his clever character reading has been exemplified in this instance.’