SAMUELS, Clare (Later Mrs Mortimer Bernstein; later Mrs Edward Quinn)

Oil on canvas, 43.1/2” x 33.1/2”, signed upper right ‘Muller Ury’, dated 1919 upper left. Relined badly, the picture turned on the stretcher about 5 degrees, with no original tacking edges.

Private Collection, London, UK.

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches, 1609 South Dixie Highway, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401, U.S.A., June 30, 2008, Lot 85, Est: $2000-3000. Sold for $1200. Consigned from the estate of Mr. & Mrs. Edward V. Quinn of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, Palm Beach and ‘Claredda Farms’, Long Island, NY, by the sitter’s grandsons, possibly from their mother Leila Quinn’s estate.


Clare Juliet Samuels was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 29, 1900, the only child of Leon Samuels, a clothing and dry goods merchant born in Philadelphia, and Mildred A. (or Millie or Amelia, born in New York, or Germany, or Austria) Samuels. They were wealthy enough to live on Park Avenue in NYC.

Clare J. Samuels was married briefly (1922-23) to Mortimer Bernstein (born in 1889) of New York City. She did some transatlantic traveling. One of her trips was planned to include Switzerland. Clare Samuels Quinn turns up travelling home from Europe in 1938 with Edward Van Quinn (born 1903) and daughter Leela (sic) Quinn (born 1926).