KESTER, William Thomas

Half-length, seated beneath trees. Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1928.

Private Collection, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.

By descent.

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The sitter was born 11 Oct 1875 in Albia, Iowa and died in Los Angeles aged 88 on 20 December 1963. He was an advertising executive and lived in San Marino, near to the artist. He was largely responsible for the fact that such brand names as Gillette Safety Razor, and Palmolive Soap, and many other commodities became nationally and internationally known. Like Muller-Ury he was a member of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.