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    Sale 1984

    19th Century European Art

    8 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 92

    Katherine-Augusta Carl (American, 1865 - 1938)

    An Oriental Beauty

    Price Realised  

    Katherine-Augusta Carl (American, 1865 - 1938)
    An Oriental Beauty
    signed 'K. A. CARL' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    58 x 39¼ in. (147.3 x 99.7 cm.)


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    Katherine Augusta Carl was born in Louisiana in 1865 and studied in Paris in the studios of J. P. Laurens and Gustave Courtois. She remained in Paris throughout the remainder of her career and was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1890.

    She is most famous for her ten-month sojourn in China in 1903, where she was commissioned to paint a portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi for the St. Louis Exposition. She published a book about her experiences and impressions of the Empress, With the Empress Dowager.

    Pre-Lot Text

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