Thursday, August 27, 2015

Molti Ritratti: Lady Mary, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston

Mary Victoria Leiter (1870-1906), later Vicereine of India (1898-1905) and holding the title Baroness Curzon of Kedleston, was from Chicago, born about the time of my paternal grandmother, also in Chicago. Unlike my grandmother, she came from a wealthy, well-connected mercantile family. This information and more can be found here.

Unfortunately, she died young, and sat for few portraits.


Photo (cropped) - 1903

Mary Victoria Leiter by Alexandre Cabanel - 1887
Painted when she was in her teens and not long before the artist's death in 1889.

Mary, Baroness Curzon by Franz von Lenbach - 1902
In the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Lenbach (1836-1904) was a prominent painter based in Munich and noted for the many portraits he painted of Otto von Bismarck. He painted at least three portraits of Mary Curzon, two of which, including this one, might be considered studies.

Mary, Baroness Curzon by Franz von Lenbach - 1901
This Lenbach portrait is in the collection of the Washington, D.C. National Portrait Gallery. This can be considered a finished portrait.

Mary, Baroness Curzon by Franz von Lenbach - 1901
I get to view this portrait (study?) by Lenbach fairly often because it can be found in Seattle's Frye Art Museum.

Posthumous portrait by William Logsdail - 1909


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your wonderful blog and all the time you invest. You have introduced me to quite a few artists and wonderful works of art. Let me thank you at least one time. All the best!

Greetings from Germany, Christian

Donald Pittenger said...

Christian -- And Hertzlich Danke Schoen to you for reading this blog!