26 May 1999
William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
Portrait of William Charles Le Gendre
signed 'Wm M. Chase.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
49 x 30.5/8 in. (125.7 x 77.8 cm.)
Kennedy Gallery, New York.
Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. Burton, Huntington Woods, Michigan.
Sale: New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., October 18, 1972, lot 28.
Sale: New York, Sotheby's, December 3, 1987, lot 210.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Alumni Art Collections, October 1967, no. 20, illustrated
This painting was executed circa 1884
William Charles Le Gendre (1856-1926) was the assistant manager of the banking house Brown Brothers in New York. During World War I he worked under President Wilson, and in 1915 became a delegate to the Pan American financial conference in Washington. William Le Gendre worked to establish a state police system as an active civic reformer in New York. He held postions as Treasurer of the American Social Science Association and President of the Calumet Club, and was also a member of the Reform and Union Clubs.
This painting will be included in Ronald G. Pisano's forthcoming catalogue raisonn of the artist's work.
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