The sitter is almost certainly the Chilean painter Manuel Ortiz de Zarate (1887 - 1946), who was for a time a fellow student with Henry in Paris. Born in Como, Italy, Zarate was the son of the Chilean composer Eleodoro de Zarate. When he was four years old his family moved back to Chile where he began to study at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Santiago. Later he made his way to Paris and settled in Montparnasse. Zarate may also have spent some time in London, for it was probably through him that Henry exhibited at the International Exhibition of Fine Art at Santiago in September 1910. In An Irish Portrait, Henry mentions him as the 'spoiled pet' of the Parisian studios (Henry, An Irish Portrait, 1951, p.12). Zarate remained in France until after the Second World War when he moved to the United States, where he died in 1946 in Los Angeles. This portrait must have been painted in the spring or early summer of 1910, shortly before Henry left London for Achill Island.
The present work is numbered 0808 in S.B.Kennedy's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.
We are grateful to Dr Kennedy for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
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