I'm so excited to show you what I bought at Fairground Antiques yesterday...
This insanely gorgeous (and enormous) portrait of a woman and cat painted in 1959!
When I saw this painting, my heart skipped a beat. When I saw that it was only $25, I think I was in shock.
I wonder who she is. Is she still living in a mansion somewhere? Did she commission this portrait herself, or did the artist choose her for their subject? Was she made up in the mind of the artist like the ladies that I paint? (I hope not, it's oddly comforting to think that she was real.) What was the name of her cat? I wonder if the frame was always this metallic lavender, or if someone altered it at some point in time.
My dad and I both thought of Elizabeth Taylor as soon as we saw her.
The back is covered in this shiny cattail wallpaper.
The painting is signed in the upper-right corner. The signature seems to read "Sohter Robintson" (or maybe Robertson? It's hard to read), and is dated 59. My mom did some research on the name but couldn't find anything. This is a long shot, but if anyone recognizes this signature, this woman, this painting, or anything about it, I'd love to hear what you know!
When we headed for Fairground yesterday, I was hoping that this painting would still be there:
Sadly, it wasn't. When I saw it back in May, I thought "I'd love to have that if I had an apartment and lots of wall space," but at the time I didn't, and so I left it behind. I think it all worked out though, and I ended up with a painting I am definitely meant to have!
I hope you all have a wonderful end to your work/school week!!