Portraits of Winthrop Ames (1870-1937) and Ruth Thomas
Graphite on heavy paper
Overall: 7 1/16 x 3 7/16 in. ( 17.9 x 8.7 cm )
signature: lower left: "Wm H Walker" date: lower right: "1927" inscriptions: upper right: "Winthrop Ames" and lower left: "[Ruth?] Thomas"
Signed and inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Wm H Walker 1927"; signed by both sitters along diagonal: "Ruth Thomas" and "Winthrop Ames"
In the early 1900s, Ames, a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Harvard, went abroad to study theaters and theatrical production in Europe; in 1908 he was invited to preside over the New Theatre in New York City, the first repertory theater in the United States. According to "American National Biography," his greatest contribution to American theater was the groundbreaking work he did in introducing the new movements in twentieth-century European theater to the United States.
Gift of the Family of William Henry Walker
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