Oil study for portrait of Mae Dowlin, 1900
Courtesy of the Estate of Marie Waldron Inslee
Oil on canvas, 10 x 12 inches
Estate of Marie Waldron Inslee
Mae Dowlin was the only daughter of Luther Dowlin of North Wales. Trego posed her seated in a large red
upholstered chair, wearing a long-sleeved dress with voluminous skirts. Unlike
the study of her brother, Clifton,
which is a very simple sketch, the study of Mae is quite detailed, with
delicate modeling of the folds of her dress and even a glint of light
reflecting off the polished wooden frame of the chair. However, while Trego
painted finished portraits of the youngest Dowlin child, Norris, and both
Luther Dowlin and his wife, Martha, he does not seem to have created finished
portraits of Mae or her brother, Clifton.
The reason for this is unknown.
This study was commissioned by Luther Dowlin, father of the
subject. It has been passed down through the family of his descendants and is
currently in the possession of Mae Dowlin’s grandchildren.
The painting is framed under glass and appears to be in good condition.
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