William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Flora Baum in Classical Dress, 1903

Courtesy of the Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society

Vital Statistics

Charcoal drawing on paper, 24 x 19 inches
Signed and dated, lr: “Wm. T. Trego 1903.”
Inscribed at bottom in a different hand: “Flora Baum.”
Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Commentary

This is the earliest known image of Flora Baum by Trego and documents the fact that Walter Emerson Baum and Flora Barndt Baum had gone to North Wales to take art instruction from Trego in 1903 and not 1904, as is sometimes reported. Though Flora posed several times for Trego as the mother of Jesus in various renderings of the nativity, in this sketch she does not appear to be portraying any particular personage, though she is wearing long, flowing robes of a classical or ancient design.

Exhibitions

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, James A. Michener Art Museum, June 3-Oct 2, 2011: "So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego."

Condition

The drawing is framed under glass and appears to be in good condition.



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