Portrait of a woman in a day dress signed in Latin and dated 'May 1917' (upper left) oil on canvas 68.5 x 56 cm (27 x 22 in).
PROVENANCE: Private collection, New York
The present work purportedly depicts the artist's wife, Amélie Rives Troubetzkoy.
Amélie Louise Rives Troubetzkoy (18631945) was an American novelist, poet and playwright. Born in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War in the family of Sarah Catherine (Macmurdo) and Col. Alfred Landon Rives, she was a goddaughter of Robert E. Lee and a granddaughter of the engineer and senator William Cabell Rives, who had also been American ambassador to France. Her first marriage was to eccentric John Armstrong 'Archie' Chanler (an heir to the Astor family fortune) of New York. After seven years the marriage ended in divorce, and on 18th February, 1896 Rivers married Prince Pierre Troubetzkoy, an artist and aristocrat after Oscar Wilde introduced them in London. The couple resided at Castle Hill, near Cismont, Virginia. Rives wrote twenty-four volumes of fiction, numerous uncollected poems and plays. Among her many works are: The Quick or the Dead, Barbara Dering, Athelwold, Trix and Over-the-Moon, World's End, As the Wind Blew, Firedamp and the plays Herod and Marianne, The Fear Market, Allegiance, Love-in-a-Mist, The Young Elizabeth and many others.