CHATFIELD-TAYLOR, Mrs Hobart C. (Rose Farwell)


Description:
Dressed in a dark hat and gown, drawing on a pair of white gloves.

Location:
Present Whereabouts Unknown.

Exhibition:
M. KNOEDLER & CO., 170, Fifth Avenue, (corner 22nd Street), New York, January 1895.

Bibliography:
Mail and Express, New York, January 11, 1895
Munsey’s Magazine, New York, July 1896, p. 431.
Sunday World, New York, May 2, 1897 (reproduced)

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Notes

Rose Farwell, the daughter of Senator Charles B. Farwell of Illinois, married popular novelist Hobart C. Chatfield-Taylor (1865 – 1945) on June 19, 1890. They lived at “Far Afield”, 900 Hot Springs Road, Santa Barbara, California, and in Chicago at 99, Pearson Street, and in New York.  She died on April 5, 1918.  They had four children: Adelaide (1891-1982) an actress and night-club owner, Wayne (1893-1967) who served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Roosevelt and as a banker economic adviser of the Marshal Plan, Otis (1899-1948) a playwright and theatrical producer, and Robert (1908-1980) a businessman who died in a traffic accident.

A photograph of the sitter with her husband and son taken in 1915 exists in the Chicago Historical Society (negative 64,868).  For further details on her husband see: Jessica Schwartz, ‘Hobart Chatfield-Taylor’s Place in History’, Townsfolk Magazine, Chicago (?), June 1948, Vol. 38, No. 3.

Town Topics, March 18, 1897 says that a portrait of Mrs. Chatfield-Taylor by Muller-Ury was exhibited at THE DURAND-RUEL GALLERIES, 389, Fifth Avenue, New York, March 1 – 15, 1897, but the review is rather defamatory and certainly untrustworthy, and the picture is not apparently mentioned elsewhere.


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