Beatrice Pratt Gibson Cartwright McEvoy (1889 – 1956)

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Description

The much married mother of the American Museum’s founder, Dr.

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The much married mother of the American Museum’s founder, Dr. Dallas Pratt, is here portrayed in her famous emeralds and pearls by Reynaldo de Luza. Born in Lima, Peru, the artist originally trained as an architect, but earned a living as a fashion artist after moving to the United States in 1918. For 27 years, Luza was the principal artist for Harper’s Bazaar. As well as working at this distinguished magazine with the leading designers of the time – such as Chanel – Luza was also much in demand as a portraitist for New York’s social elite. He was appointed the Artistic Director of the New York World’s Fair of 1939-40.

'This diaphanous drawing [shows Beatrice] as a captivating and attractive woman dressed in beautiful jewels and garments – and yet also captures her stern and detached nature as she looks idly into the distance.' Chase Livingston Delano, Summer Intern

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Dated

From 1943-03 to 1943-12

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Materials

» paper (fibre product)
» watercolour (paint)
» pastels (crayon)

Technique

» drawing (image-making)

Production place

» Florida

Collection

» Pratt Family Archive

Dimensions

78x102.5cm

Object number

DP2007.4

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