A portrait of Mrs. Frederick L. Pratt, neé Miss Jeannie Williams signed 'de László' and dated 'London 1928' (lower right) oil on canvas 52 1/2 x 37in (133.5 x 94cm)
PROVENANCE: Mrs. Frederick L. Pratt (on commission); Thence by family descent.
LITERATURE: Sitter's Book, vol. II, f. 62: Jeannie Williams Pratt, June 17, 1929 N.P.G. Album, 1927-1928, p. 19, labeled Mrs. Pratt
De László executed another portrait of the sitter in 1929, which remains in the family's possession. A preparatory drawing for the portrait of Mrs. Pratt with her Pekinese remained in the artist's possession until his death.
De László had previously painted the sitter's sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert Livingston Fryer, in 1923 (lot 140). Other members of the Fryer family were also painted by de László, including the sitter's nephew, Mr. Livingston Fryer and his wife.
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