This quite elegant vintage oversized salon portrait of a elegant society Grand Dame commands your attention the minute you lay eyes on it!
Soper has captured her level gaze and beautiful skin. Her lace accents and jewelry are rendered in just enough detail to convey their delicacy.
The painting is only is barely fair shape but we think the crazing and chips just add to her character.
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She would be perfect to grace your home and give it some old school, shabby chic elegance!
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Biography James Hamlin Gardner Soper
James Hamlin Gardner Soper was born on a farm near Flint, Ml on July 17, 1877. Soper abandoned a law career and moved to NYC where he sold drawings to Life, Collier's and Scribner's magazines. After a brief period in Paris at Académie Julian, he returned to NYC where he was soon sought after as a portraitist. In 1923 he came to Los Angeles on a portrait commision and opted to open a studio on Sunset Boulevard. He painted portraits of the local elite and exhibited locally. A suicide, his body was found in the river at Baltimore, MD on June 13, 1939.
Member: Salmagundi Club.
Exh: Paris Expo, 1900 (gold medal); Louisiana Purchase Expo (St Louis), 1904 (bronze medal); Biltmor
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
AAA 1921; LA Times, 6-3-1928; SCA; CA&A; Fld; NY Times, 6-14-1939 (obit).
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