Augustus Edwin John O.M. (British, 1878-1961) Ethel Quinn Curtiss 101.6 x 71.1 cm. (40 x 28 in.)
Lot 137* AR
Augustus Edwin John O.M.
(British, 1878-1961)
Ethel Quinn Curtiss 101.6 x 71.1 cm. (40 x 28 in.)
£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 11,000 - 16,000

Lot Details
Augustus Edwin John O.M. (British, 1878-1961)
Ethel Quinn Curtiss
signed 'John' (upper right)
oil on canvas
101.6 x 71.1 cm. (40 x 28 in.)
Painted in 1931

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    The sitter, thence by family descent to the present owner
    Private Collection, U.S.A.

    EXHIBITED:
    Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, cat.no.108

    Ethel Quinn Curtiss was born in New York to Thomas S. Quinn & Ellen Morgan Quinn and as a young girl was taken to Europe to be educated. She became fluent in French and German and developed a love of opera which would remain with her throughout her life. As a young lady she returned to the U.S.A. and continued education in Colorado. She met Roy A. Curtiss, a financier and sportsman, during a summer in the Berkshires, they married on the 5th of June 1907, moved to New York City and had four sons; Roy, Franklin, Sidney and Thomas (who became the noted film and theatre critic for the International Herald Tribune from the 1950s-1980s).

    Following the dissolution of her marriage in 1921 Curtiss's lawyer A.A. Berle who would go on to be a founding member of Franklin Roosevelt's Brain Trust, secured her a extremely favourable settlement. This included a clause entitling her to permanent residency for a fixed rate rent in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, apartment 3928. Despite attempts to break this clause Curtiss remained at the Waldorf until her death in 1974.

    The present work was commissioned in 1931.
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