Portrait of Marion Johnson
Portrait of Marion Johnson


Portrait of Marion Johnson

1929 Austria-Hungary

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Philip De László
Hungarian 1869 - 1937
Portrait of a Marion Johnson
Oil on Board, signed and dated "1929 London" lower right
Image size: 29 x 24 inches (74 x 61 cm)
Original gilt frame
Presented by de László to the sitter.
American Private Collection.

This study portrait was painted in February 1924, during the sittings for a three-quarter length portrait of the sitter. That portrait had been commissioned by Marian Hoffman’s mother, ahead of the sitter’s marriage in November. De László regularly made these study portraits for sitters he particularly enjoyed painting and they were often completed without their knowledge.

It may have been intended as his wedding gift to the sitter. Both portraits were shown in the artist’s solo exhibition at the French Gallery, London in June 1924 and the gallery arranged for the shipment of the picture to the sitter’s home in America after the exhibition.

Marian Krumbhaar Hoffman was born 15 December 1901 in New York.

After the death of her father in 1919 she inherited the sum of $50,000 a year until she reached the age of twenty-one, when she received his $5 million estate. She married Aymar Johnson. The sitter was presented at the Court of St. James’s in London on 26 June 1929.

A number of de László’s sitters lived in the surrounding area including Gladys Vanderbilt, Mrs Robert Strawbridge, née Berwind and Anita Strawbridge. The sitter died 5 June 1981.

To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of portraits by the artist currently being compiled by the Hon. Mrs de László.

Exhibited: - The French Gallery, London, A Series of Portraits and Studies by Philip A. de László, M.V.O., June, 1924, no. 28 or 50.

Height 29.00 inch (73.66 cm)
Width 24.00 inch (60.96 cm)
Oil on board
Signed and dated 1929
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