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European Art
Artist: Unknown

Portrait of a Lady

17th century

Oil on canvas

71.4 × 50.3 cm (28 1/8 × 19 13/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. James Rowland Angell Acc. 7 Feb. 1951
Not on view
17th century

Sara Swoope Angell (née Caswell, 1831–1903) (as Portrait of a Florentine Lady) [see note 1]; by descent to her son, James Rowland Angell (1869–1949), Chicago, Illin., later Hamden, Conn. [see note 2]; by descent to his second wife, Katharine Stuart Angell (née Cramer, 1890–1983), Hamden, Conn.; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1951

Note 1: A letter attached to the verso of the painting from philanthropist and fifth president of Wellesley College, Caroline Hazard (1856–1945), to James Angell refers to the painting as James’s mother’s picture and that it had been previously referred to as “The Portrait of a Florentine Lady;” Hazard further notes that the painting “had been bought before the great rush of pictures to America took place.” (letter from Caroline Hazard, Peace Dale, Rhode Island, to James Rowland Angell, Chicago, Illi., October 27, 1916)

Note 2: James Rowland Angell was an American psychologist and educator. He served as the President of Yale University between 1921 and 1937

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.