William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Portrait of Walter Emerson Baum, 1904

Photo courtesy of Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society

Vital Statistics

Oil on canvas, 12 x 8 inches
Unsigned
Collection of John Ambrose

Commentary

In 1904, when Walter Emerson Baum was nineteen years old and had only the year before begun his six years of training with Trego, the artist proposed that he and the Baum should paint each other’s portraits. The finished products were, of course, quite different and no doubt provided Trego several opportunities to critique what Baum had done in comparison to his own handling of similar painterly problems. Both portraits survive. Trego’s portrait of Baum is in a private collection and Baum’s somewhat heavy-handed portrayal of Trego is part of the collection of the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Provenance

Alderfer Auction Gallery, 2004, to current owner.

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."

Reproductions

The painting appeared as an illustration in Helen Hartman Gemmill, “The Artist with the Paralyzed Hands,”Antiques (November 1983), p. 999.

Condition

The painting is in very good condition.



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James A. Michener Art Museum William T. Trego Catalogue Raisonne