William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Madonna and Child, 1905

Photograph courtesy of the Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society

Vital Statistics

Oil on canvas, Dimensions unknown
Current location unknown

Commentary

This photograph is our only clue to the appearance of Trego's second version of Madonna and Child which can not be located. The model for the Madonna is Flora Baum, wife of Walter E. Baum, who often posed for Trego, sometimes with her infant daughter, Marion, assuming the role of the baby Jesus. Walter Baum recalled that Trego sang lullabies to his daughter while painting.

Provenance

This work was one of many owned by the extended family of Trego’s cousin, Howard Trego, of Newtown. It was passed in the family to a descendant in Newtown who consigned it to the Robert Clinton Auction some years ago. It has not thus far been possible to locate the current owner.

Reference

Typescript of interview with Walter Baum conducted by Charles Streiker, included in Eva M. Frank, “William T. Trego, Famous North Wales Artist of Fifty Years Ago,” 14 October 1954, William Trego File, North Wales Area Library, North Wales, Pennsylvania.



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