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: Lady in Blue life-size portrait (help identifying time period based on dress)


hammitchris
03-25-2016, 07:46 PM
I saw this in an antique shop today, came very close to buying, just want to do a bit more research first. It is close to a life-sized portrait from a local estate. They are asking $399, but said they would come down maybe 10-15%. Can anyone tell me when they think it may have been painted by the woman's dress? I was guessing maybe 1940's or earlier? There is no signature that I can tell. It was hanging up pretty high so I couldn't get a good look at the back, but the canvas looked like it had some age to it based on the color. They told me they think it is either of Susan Jenkins or one of her relatives since it came from her estate auction back in January in Knoxville, TN. I am thinking the woman may be related to the Judge Ray Howard Jenkins, who was involved in the famous Senator Joseph McCarthy U.S. Senate hearings on communism in the 1950's, but I'm still trying to I.D. her.

Mel_Robertson
03-26-2016, 09:06 AM
(skewed for research purpose)

Mel_Robertson
03-26-2016, 09:09 AM
this paintings nowhere online + no information, sorry.

hammitchris
03-26-2016, 08:54 PM
this paintings nowhere online + no information, sorry.

That's ok, thank you for trying and for cropping it for research purposes! I've reached out to the auction house that originally sold it to the antique store. I'm waiting to hear back from them. I'm hoping to find out who the woman is and who the painter was. I was able to rule out that she is not related to the Judge Jenkins as previously mentioned. I spoke with his grandson today. I did show it to an artist at a local gallery and she said she thinks the time period based on the woman's dress is circa 1910-1929.

Mel_Robertson
03-26-2016, 09:48 PM
I'm keen to discover what you learn about this beautiful piece, I hope you stick around :)

TerryCurley
03-27-2016, 06:07 AM
To me the clothes look more 1920ish than 1940ish. Also short hair was very stylish in the 20's, no so much so in the 40's.

hammitchris
03-27-2016, 07:59 PM
To me the clothes look more 1920ish than 1940ish. Also short hair was very stylish in the 20's, no so much so in the 40's.

Thank you! I agree now that you mention it. I'm hoping to hear back from the auction house that sold it to the antique shop so I can try to identify the woman.

Lee
06-12-2016, 10:53 AM
(skewed for research purpose)
Could this be a portrait of knoxville socialite Ellen McClung Berry?

Desdichado
06-12-2016, 07:04 PM
Sorry Chris, couldn't resist your blue lady. Not oils in a gilded frame, just watercolour impression on a sketch book page. Took about ninety minutes, sort of painting something without actually painting much. That's impressionism. Not $399 though, this one's free. Hope you don't mind...:wink:

Mel_Robertson
06-12-2016, 07:14 PM
great work Desdichado

Desdichado
06-13-2016, 06:14 AM
A bit of info, for what it's worth: The lady's necklace in the painting is what was known as a "flapper" necklace and was a product of the 1920's era. The "Charlston" was all the rage as a dance at the time and women would twirl these things around as part of the fun. Based on that and the general clothes style, I'd say the painting was done between 1920 and 1930.