Jane Erin Emmet (1873-1961)
Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt, mother-of-pearl
Overall: 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. ( 7 x 5.4 cm )
signed and dated: "Behenna / 1893" inscribed on backing paper inside case: "Miss Emmett [sic] / 1893"
Jane Emmet came from an artistic New York family and pursued a career as a portrait painter. She married the British impressionist painter Wilfred de Glehn in 1904 and spent much of her married life in England. The couple traveled frequently with John Singer Sargent, who depicted Jane in numerous works. Katherine Behenna, who exhibited under the pseudonym John Prendergast, favored dramatic poses like this one, showing Jane with her back turned and her face seen in profile.
Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
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