O’BRIEN, Judge Morgan Joseph (1934)

A half-length at a table holding a paper. Signed and dated upper left ‘A. Muller Ury 1934.’

Present Whereabouts Unknown.

WILDENSTEIN & CO. INC., 19, East 64th Street, New York, April 20 – May 4, 1937, No. 7.
FRENCH & CO. INC., 210, East 57th Street, New York, April 21 – May 3, 1947, No. 13.

New York Mirror, April 21, 1937

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The sitter was born on April 28, 1852 in New York City to an Irish immigrant family. He was educated at the city public schools and earned degrees from St. John’s College, now Fordham University, in 1872, the College of St. Francis Xavier in 1873 and Columbia University Law School in 1875. O’Brien was admitted to the bar in 1875 and began practicing law, specializing in corporate law. Hewitt appointed O’Brien to the position of corporation counsel for the city of New York in 1887. He became Judge of the Supreme Court of New York twice, from 1887 to 1901, and 1901 to 1915. O’Brien was a prominent Catholic layman and was knighted by the Pope.

He was married to Rose M. Crimmins and had ten children: Genevieve (Mrs. Lyttleton Fox), Rosalie (Mrs. Henry James), Madeleine (Mrs Stuart Duncan Preston), Morgan J. Jr., Esmond P., Justin C., Estelle (Mrs. William F. Cogswell) Maude (Mrs. Gerald Dempsey), and Kenneth. He was a counsel to the law firm of Conboy, Hewitt, O’Brien and Boardman, and trustee of the Provident Loan Society of New York. In 1930, he lived at 729 Park Avenue, New York.  He died on June 16, 1937.

Painted in August 1934 in Southampton, and finished in October in New York.

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