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    JULIUS L. STEWART (American, 1855-1919)
    Miniature Portrait of a Man against Chinese Red Background [Portrait of the Painter Charles Theriat], 1886
    Oil on canvas laid on board
    2-3/4 x 2 inches (7.0 x 5.1 cm)
    Initialed and dated upper right: JLS 86


    PROVENANCE:
    (possibly) Christie's South Kensington, London, November 28, 1991, lot 151 (ill. matches but reported dimensions do not, 17.8 x 5.1 in.).

    NOTE:
    Presented in a Tortoiseshell inlaid frame

    According to friends of Graham Williford, this was one of his most favorite paintings.

    Wealthy American expatriate artist Julius Stewart spent his career in Paris. His father, the sugar millionaire William Hood Stewart, moved the family from Philadelphia to Paris in 1865, and became a distinguished art collector and an early patron of Fortuny and the Barbizon artists. Julius studied under Eduardo Zamacois as a teenager, under Gerome at the École des Beaux Arts, and later was a pupil of Raymondo de Madrazo. Stewart's family wealth enabled him to live a lush expatriate life and paint what he pleased, often large-scaled group portraits. He exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon from 1878 into the early 20th century, and helped organize the Americans in Paris section of the 1894 Salon. The subject of this handsome portrait is another American expatriate artist, Charles James Theriat, whose Orientalist paintings of North Africa achieved recognition in the Parisian salons.


    Condition Report*: Minor spot of retouch on the white collar; otherwise the surface is in excellent original condition. Framed Dimensions 4.25 X 3.5 Inches
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    May, 2012
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