“Three quarter length portrait of a young woman in a black evening gown, seated in a red-upholstered chair in a theater box, one hand and her fan resting on the red-covered railing. She is posed three-quarters toward the left, with her face turned toward the observer, and holds in her hand a lorgnon. Her flesh strongly lighted, she is seen against a background of blackness, a white lace shawl falling over one arm and American Beauty roses at her corsage.
Signed at the centre of bottom, A. MULLER-URY.
Height, 31 inches; width, 20 inches.”
Present Whereabouts Unknown.
Mrs. Emelie de L. Havemeyer (Widow of the late Theodore A. Havemeyer) sale, American Art Galleries, Madison Square South, New York, Wednesday evening, 8p.m., November 18th, 1914, Lot 64. Bought: Mr. J. B. Wilbur of the Gotham Hotel according to American Art News, Vol. XIII, No. 7, November 21, 1914 (probably Dr. James Benjamin Wilbur 1856-1929),$37.50.
Mentioned in an anonymous cutting from 1914 in the artist’s papers – ‘A young woman, in black evening gown, seated in a theatre box, with strongly lighted face,’ which must refer to the Havemeyer sale, where Muller-Ury is referred to as ‘…about the only American painter represented.’