Portrait of Nellie Pickering wearing a red dress signed 'Kramer' (lower left) oil on canvas 59.5 x 49.5cm (23 7/16 x 19 1/2in).
The sitter of this portrait is the same model as a painting in the Leeds City Art Gallery Collection, entitled 'Portrait of a Lady' oil on canvas, 73.6 x 54cm, LEEAG.PA.1950.0036. The female sitter is Mrs Philip Pickering or Nellie and she is painted wearing a Russian inspired red dress. She was a particularly striking woman and Kramer apparently was so taken by her good looks that he painted her several times. The Leeds Art Gallery painting was accessioned into the City's collection in 1950 and was described thus "the strong, clearly defined forms are characteristic of the best productions of this (Kramer) painter."
Nellie Pickerig was a friend of Kramers and an artist in her own right. She modelled for Kramer many times. Nellie's mother was a Russian emigre, who came to Britain after her first marriage in Russia failed. She married a Leeds engineer and had seven children of which Nellie was one. Nellie married Philip Pickering who was the Leeds City Architect.
With thanks to Theodore Wilkins, Curator, Leeds City Art Gallery for his assistance in cataloguing this painting.
Bears exhibition label verso, Leeds City Art Gallery and Temple Newsam House, Kramer Exhibition.