Ida Lathrop’s portrait of Barbara (summer 1922)

Portrait of Barbara by Ida Lathrop (1859-1937)

From a letter to Mr. Oberg, dated March 19, 1923:

I went to the exhibition at the Paint and Clay Club [New Haven, Connecticut] yesterday, and I saw Mrs. [Ida] Lathrop’s portrait of myself. It is the one she painted of me last summer at Sunapee, and Mother and Daddy like it very much. But I like Herring Gulls by Henry H. Townshend the best. I liked also On the Connecticut River by Elizabeth S. Pitman; The Enchanted Pool and Morning Mist in California by Henry J. Albright.

Unbeknownst to me, Ida’s portrait has come up for auction three times since 1986. Its size, excluding the frame, is 10½ x 9 inches. I had not seen the portrait until this morning.

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