Cornelia Helen Merrill (ca. 1880-1963)
Pastel and oil on paper laid on canvas, mounted on a stretcher
Diameter: 18 3/8 in. ( 46.7 cm )
signature: lower left: "J. Wells Champney"
Signed at lower left in yellow and brown pastel: "J. Wells Champney"
The subject was the daughter of Payson Merrill and Emma H. (Strong) Merrill of New York. She married John Vosburgh Irwin (1874-1967) at Brick Presbyterian Church on November 21, 1905. Irwin was an estate lawyer and served as a trustee of The New-York Historical Society from 1935 until his death.
Bequest of Mrs. John V. Irwin (the sitter)
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