Inscribed, on old backing [in object file], barely legible: William Merchant Richardson French / [illegible-Father?] Painted in barn at Chester / 12 yrs old - 1884[underlined] / Helen F. Soule; inscribed on index card attached to backing [different hand]: Helen French Soule-12 years old. 1884 / Painted in barn at Chester-She was born / in Boston + became Mrs. Charles Kloeber [?] / Husband a commentator + went to Paris / during World War I-She wanted to accompany / her husband, but was persuaded by her / grandmother to stay + eventually the / marriage broke up. / She was a niece / cousin of Daniel Chester French / the sculptor + spent summers in Chester with / him-; [in different pen, probably added later]: Sketch by Daniel Chester French - Sculptor
Charlotte Wood Jewett (1904-1991) and Kenneth E. Jewett (1905-2003), Belfast, Maine, date unknown; given to present collection, 1981.
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