National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #1695
Subject/Title:
Byrn, (Mrs.) Allie Richardson
Artist:Avent, Mayna Treanor 1868-1959 (not signed)
Date Created:ca. 1940
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions:30 x 19
Materials/Media:Oil
Date Documented:10 September 2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Young girl facing three-quarter right and looking to the left of the viewer. Her brown hair is pulled back behind her ears, and she is wearing pearl drop earrings. Her grayish-green dress has covered buttons down the front and a blue ornament at the high, white lace neckline. The lace also is seen at her wrists emerging from the sleeves of her gold jacket. Her hands are resting on a green-upholstered surface and may be holding a nearly-closed fan. The dress is gathered in the skirt and pulled back into a bustle.
History of Work:Portrait copied from "nearly destroyed" old portrait; original work ca. 1884 when subject was about 15 years old; Mrs. Avent was a life-long friend of the subject; work done ca. 1940; see portrait of husband C. H. Byrn.
Notes:Grandmother of owner - Subject born 1879, died 1947.

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