MEHEGAN, Mrs. Timothy (Mary McGowan; later Mrs. Patrick Mulligan)

Bust-length portrait. Oil on canvas 25½” x 19¼”, signed and dated upper right ‘A. Muller-Ury 1895’

By descent from the sitter’s grand-daughter Charlotte Hill Slade to her grandson.

Private Collection.

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The sitter was the mother of Mrs. James J. Hill (Mary T. Hill). She was born 22 February 1827 and died 12 April 1895. Presumably painted posthumously between mid-April and mid-May 1895 for Mary Hill wrote to Muller-Ury on black-edged notepaper from the Waldorf Hotel, New York on July 31 (no date, but certainly 1895, artist’s papers) as follows:

‘Dear Mr. Muller,

We have been here a week. I was sorry not to be at home when you left. Indeed I did not know you intended to go so soon. I wished to thank you most sincerely for the very precious portrait you made of my dear mother. You can appreciate I am sure how highly I shall always value it and how much I shall always feel obliged to you. I did not know until now that you sent the flower piece to me. Whether to Mr. Hill or to me I wish to thank you for your kindness and for it…’