Jo Davidson, grandfather of the present owner; Thence by descent.
The present work was acquired directly from the artist by American artist Jo Davidson (1883-1952) a sculptor of Russian Jewish descent. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he became close friends with John Duncan Fergusson and Anne Estelle Rice who were working in Paris at the time, executing busts of them both. He returned to the United States where he enjoyed a successful career and was commissioned to design the United States War Industries badge as well as numerous busts of war leaders including Eisenhower.
The board is sound but warps slightly in the upper right quadrant. There is a fine line of craquelure across the tree in the upper left quadrant, another to the left of the tree in the centre of the painting and another to the right of the figure in the lower right quadrant. Otherwise the paint surface is stable and in good overall condition.
Under ultraviolet light, certain areas fluoresce around the table and chairs but these appear to be by the artist's hand.
Held in a white painted composite frame.
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