National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #253
Subject/Title:
Berry, Will
Artist:Bowen, A.E.
Date Created:1895
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:18 x 14
Image Dimensions:17.5 x 12.5
Materials/Media:watercolor on paper
Date Documented:12/10/2003
Condition:Good

Description:Full length of a young boy with long auburn wavy hair that covers his shoulders. He is dressed reminiscent of Gainesborough's "Little Lord Fauntleroy" with blue velvet 3-peice suit and extensive lace collar and cuffs. An Irish setter-type dog lies at his left foot.  The artist's signature is in the lower left, and there is a faint background scene.
History:There may a photographic image underlying this image. It was painted when the subject was aged 7-8.
Notes:Subject died of ptomaine poisoning at age 11 after ingesting bad food at the World's Fair. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wells Berry.

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