Wm de Leftwich Dodge


William de Leftwich Dodge 1867 - 1935

American Impressionist Painter, best known as a Muralist and Portraitist

Art Nouveau Beauty, circa 1900

oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches

signed, top of stretcher, "Wm de L Dodge"

Condition:  Lined (name of sitter was preserved), clean.

in good quality reproduction Art Nouveau frame, outer size 37 x 33 inches

The name of the sitter is inscribed verso -- Charlotte Pierpont. She is wearing a turn of the century gardening smock, and is painted in front of a rose bush in full bloom.  The Pierpont family has lineage in New Haven, near where this painting was found. It would make sense that this lovely gardener was painted in front of a lush rose bush. It not easy to grow roses in the New Haven area where most land is on ledge. (We know from experience!)

Robert Kraft, the Pierpont family genealogist comments: "The name Charlotte appears in the New England Pierpont genealogies.  She is quite possibly Charlotte Pierpont (Brooks.)  Her exact dates are not known, but she was granddaughter to Leonard Pierpont (1819-1874), and thus perhaps born about 1880. Her father, J. Newton Pierpont, lived for a time in New Haven. She was apparently still alive in 1953, living in Vermont. Charlotte Pierpont Brooks was an avid gardener and wrote a gardening book that was published in 1937. "

William de Leftwich Dodge tried to make a living painting society portraits, until one distinguished family (not the Pierponts) made undue demands on him in 1902.   After then, the artist focused on murals, and became one of America's leading muralists.

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