INGALLS, Mrs George Hoadly (Katharine Davis Hinkle)

Three quarter length seated dressed in blue, with white lace collar, and lace shawl, seated on gilded red chair. Oil on canvas, 40” x 30”, signed and dated upper right ‘A. Muller-Ury 1942’.

Private Collection, London, UK.

Anonymous sale, South Bay Auctions, East Moriches Gallery, Saturday June 15th 2013, Lot 293. Est: $500-700. Sold for $700.00.

Restored by Cressida Ross in 2017.


Katharine Davis Hinkle was born in 1876 and was married in Cincinnati on November 12, 1908, to George Hoadly Ingalls (born June 28, 1872), Vice-President in charge of Traffic, New York Central Railroad, who died of a cerebral haemorrhage at his home on June 4, 1931, aged 58. George Ingalls was descended from Edmund Ingalls the founder of the family in America, who came from Lincolnshire in 1628 and settled in Salem, Massachusetts. They had two sons, George Hoadly, Jr, and Melville Ezra, based in New York and a daughter, Mrs. George Sloane (formerly Katharine E. Ingalls who had been married until 1928 to Carroll B. Alker – see the catalogue entry for Vera KOHLER Erbe Alker) of Warrenton, Virginia in 1931, according to the New York Central Lines Magazine, July 1931, pp. 7-8. Mrs George Ingalls died in April 1958 at College Manor, Towson, Maryland, after a long illness, according to the New York Times, 20 April 1958.

The portrait was completed in January 1943 according to the artist’s diary. The sitter apparently lived at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 68th Street, New York at the time. She was 66.

The duotone photograph in the artist’s papers bears on the verso the stamp of photographer Peter A. Juley & Son, New York.