• American Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2822

    American Art

    26 February 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 118

    Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942)

    Mrs. Elizabeth M. Howe

    Price Realised  


    Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942)
    Mrs. Elizabeth M. Howe
    signed 'Cecilia Beaux-' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    63 x 43 in. (160 x 109.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1903.

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    The present sitter was the daughter of Andrew Mahaffey, a superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Elizabeth McPherson. She married and had six children with Major General Albion Paris Howe, who served in the Civil War as well as the campaigns against the Seminole and Sioux tribes. After General Howe's retirement, the family settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


    Mrs. Elizabeth M. Howe.
    By descent to the present owner.


    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Paintings and Drawings of Cecilia Beaux, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1955, p. 70 (as Mrs. A.P. Howe).
    S. Yount, et al., Cecilia Beaux: American Figure Painter, Berkeley, California, 2007, p. 99.