Maud DuPuy Darwin

Cecilia Beaux, American, 1855 - 1942

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1889

Pastel on warm gray paper laid down on canvas

Overall: 19 3/4 × 17 3/4 in. (50.2 × 45.1 cm)

Frame: 27 1/2 × 21 1/2 in. (69.9 × 54.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Russell and Jack Huber, Class of 1963, in honor of Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan Little Cohen Curator of American Art

2015.73

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

19th century

Object Name

Drawing

Research Area

Drawing

Not on view

Inscriptions

Signed and dated, lower left: Cecilia Beaux / 89; label on bottom verso of original frame: WILLIAN FARREN and SON / Printsellers and Publishers / Carvers, Gilders and Frame Makers / 14, KINGS PARADE, CAMBRIDGE; inscribed, in graphite, by former owner Cecily Darwin Littleton on brown paper gum tape on frame backing: The portrait of Lady Darwin (née Maud DuPuy, of 4102 or 4201 Spruce St, Philadelphia, Pa, in 1883 or so) by her aunt[sic] Cecilia Beaux, in 1893?[sic], in Cambridge, England. / She lived at Newnham Grange, Cambridge, now Darwin College, on Silver Street. They have a black and white copy, as has the Pa Academy of Fine Arts in their files. Two photographs in color were made in 1965, one belongs to Mrs. Laurens Rhinelander, Charlottesville, Va., Lady Darwin’s niece. The other to G.P. Darwin, Esq., London, her grandson.

Exhibition History

American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-January 20, 2020.

Cecilia Beaux and the Art of Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, October 6, 1995–January 28, 1996, no. 9; catalogue by Tara Lee Tappart, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, ill.in color, plate 5, and b/w p. 25.

Cecilia Beaux, American Figure Painter, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, May 12–Sept. 9, 2007; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, Sept. 29, 2007–January 6, 2008; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Penn., Feb. 2–April 13, 2008, no. 31, catalogue by Sylvia Yount, et al. Atlanta: High Museum and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007, ill. in color p. 123.

Embracing Elegance, 1885-1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 1–September 4, 2011, and at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, September 24–November 27, 2011, no. 1.

Publication History

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Paintings and Drawings of Cecilia Beaux. Philadelphia, 1955, p. 39 (not ill.).

Edited by Barbara J. MacAdam, with contributions by Stephanie Mayer Heydt, Susan G. Larkin, and Barbara J. MacAdam, Embracing Elegance, 1885-1920 American Art from the Huber Family Collection, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art and Atlanta: High Museum of Art, p. 25, 26, ill. in color, 33 and on cover.

Alice A. Carter, Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in the Gilded Age. New York: Rizzoli, 2005, ill in color 99, 101–2, 195–96.

John R. Stomberg, The Hood Now: Art and Inquiry at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019, p. 128, ill. plate no. 59.

Susan J. Rawles, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman: The Franco-American Experience, 1870-1914", in Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France, Denver: Denver Art Museum and Yale University Press, 2021, pp. 147-185, ill. p. 176, fig. 29.

Provenance

The sitter, Maud DuPuy Darwin (1861-1947), Newnham Grange, Cambridge, England; bequeathed to her son Sir Charles G. Darwin (1887-1962), Newnham Grange, Cambridge, England, about 1947; to Cecily Darwin Littleton (b. 1926), Haverford, Pennsylvania, in 1964; sold to John L. and Russell Huber, Atlanta, Georgia, 2001; given to present collection, 2015.

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