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John F. Kaufman Portrait Oil Painting of Mrs. William Lanier Washington, 1909

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John Francois Kaufman (New York/Switzerland, 1870 – after 1949)
Untitled (portrait of Mrs. William Lanier Washington), circa 1909
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to lower left
Inscribed to verso by unknown hand

Mrs. William Lanier Washington was born May Bruce Brennan in Kentucky in the late 19th century to Thomas Brennan and Anna Bruce. May, sometimes spelled Mae, attended the Cinncinati Wesleyan Female College, as well as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. By the time of early adulthood, May was a multilinguist and pianist. After the death of her first husband, Lewis Zane Shallcross, May remarried in 1906 to William Lanier Washington. They lived together in New York until their divorce, at which time May moved in with her brother, Albert, who worked as the assistant and later the treasurer of the New York Yankees. May was known to live an independent life, recognized by others for her fashion and travels, including a concert tour across Europe, accompanying her sister, Beulah, on the piano.

  • Please note, this frame is highly fragile. Some restoration should be expected. Please consider this before bidding.


- craquelure, abrasions, spots and patches of inpainting and overpainting, patched repairs to verso, warping to canvas, and discolorations; cracking, chips, loss, and other signs of wear to frame.


18.5" W x 22.75" H x 2.5" D

- measures frame; sight measures 11.5" W x 15.5" H.

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