Portrait of Luther Dowlin, 1902
Courtesy of the Estate of Marie Waldron Inslee
Oil on canvas, 26 x 21 inches
Signed and dated, ll: “Wm. T. Trego, 1902”
Estate of Marie Waldron Inslee
Luther Dowlin was one of Trego’s closest friends and patrons
in the town of North Wales.
Dowlin, a printer by profession and friend of Riter Fitzgerald, the art critic
for the Philadelphia Item
commissioned Trego to paint himself, his wife, Martha Anders Dowlin
, and his
three children in the years 1897–1904. He also purchased one military work and
several genre works from William and at least one work each from both Jonathan
and Delia Dexter Trego.
Trego painted the portrait for Luther Dowlin. Upon the death
of Dowlin, it passed to his wife, Martha Anders Dowlin. Upon her death, it
passed to her granddaughter, Marie Waldron Inslee, whose children own it today.
The painting was framed under glass in the 1970s and is
deteriorating. It has suffered significant paint loss from the surface and is
in desperate need of conservation work.
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