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Pastel Portrait of a Woman by Emily B. Waite

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A vibrant pastel portrait of a woman created in 1923 by well-listed American artist Emily Burling Waite (Massachusetts/Rhode Island; 1887 – 1980). The sitter wears a burnt orange dress, coral beaded necklace, and sits in front of a wonderful wallpaper background. Signed in the lower right and dated 1923, the work is a fine example of Waite’s early 20th century portraits.

Emily B. Waite is best known for her oil portraits, still life paintings, and etchings. She began her formal artistic training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she studied from 1908 through 1910 under Philip Leslie Hale and Francis Luis Mora. In 1910 she received the Paige Traveling Scholarship and traveled extensively for two years throughout France, Spain, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and Italy, studying and copying master paintings. In 1959 she returned to Europe, primarily to study fresco painting in Northern Italy. Waite’s work is represented in the collections of numerous distinguished institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D. C.; the Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island; and the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., among many others. For more information about the artist, see the links below. For additional works by Waite, please refer to the link below for EBTH’s landmark sale from the Worcester Historical Museum, #16BOS080.


- some light foxing; some rub to pastel.


25.75" W x 33.75" H x 1.75" D

- measures frame; sight size measures 21" W x 29" H.

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