Portrait of Walter Emerson Baum, 1904
Photo courtesy of Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society
Oil on canvas, 12 x 8 inches
Collection of John Ambrose
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.
Alderfer Auction Gallery, 2004, to current owner.
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."
The painting appeared as an illustration in Helen Hartman Gemmill, “The Artist with the Paralyzed Hands,”Antiques
(November 1983), p. 999.
The painting is in very good condition.
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