DescriptionEDWARD WILBUR DEAN HAMILTON (American, 1864-1943)
Portrait of Edith Wayne (Seated Lady in Profile), 1904
Oil on canvas
36-1/4 x 29-1/4 inches (92.1 x 74.3 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: Wilbur D. Hamilton / 1904
Sale: Samuel T. Freeman & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 7, 2003, lot 166;
Private collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, acquired from the above.
Edith Wayne (1899-1973) was the great-great-great granddaughter of General Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne, a hero of Revolutionary War fame. Born into a privileged Philadelphia family and educated in Europe, Edith Wayne entered society not long after she sat for this portrait by Boston School painter, Edward Dean Hamilton, who exhibited regularly in Wayne's hometown at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibitions. On May 5, 1912, when the New York Times announced her engagement to prominent Philadelphia attorney, Thomas Ridgway, Sr., Edith Wayne was reported as having been a bridesmaid in the English wedding of Margaretta Drexel to Viscount Maidstone. The Times noted that the London papers had described the young debutante as "the purest type of American beauty ever seen in London," a quality Hamilton perfectly captured in his portrait of her.
Unlined canvas; under UV exam, there appear to be flecks of crack-fill inpainting in lady's face, neck and shoulder, as well as spots on her lower hairline, along her sleeve and in her dress along her upper thigh, pinpoints in the right negative space, and minor inpainting along the extreme edges in the lower right corner to address frame wear. Framed Dimensions 43.25 X 36.5 Inches
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