Henry Benjamin Wechsler (1860-1935) [RA 1898-1935] : The owl, portrait of an old woman, 1887.


SAL record control number: 100108 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: The owl, portrait of an old woman  [from collection database] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : The owl, portrait of an old woman  [from collection database] ;

Work date: 1887  [from collection database] ;

Work creator: Henry Benjamin Wechsler (1860-1935) ;

Work medium: Oil on canvas ;
Work dimensions: 20-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches [unframed] | 22-5/8 x 18-5/8 x 1-3/4 inches [framed] ;

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At lower right.
Dated: Yes.
Text: ‘H B Wechsler’.


SAL category: Oil ;
SAL sub-category: Portrait ;

Archives of American Art subjects:
Art―Private collections―New York (State)
Art―Private collections―New York (State)―Salmagundi
Figure female
Portrait — Head and shoulders

Description of work:

Henry Benjamin Wechsler was an American painter and book illustrator. He studied in Munich at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and, at the Academie Julian in Paris. Wechsler was an illustrator for magazines including Life and the Ladies Home Journal. But, he is most known for his book illustration work including Heroes of our war with Spain told for a boy by Clinton Ross, 1898, and fifty illustrations for Phroso by Anthony Hope in 1897.

Wechsler had a tumultuous life including a separation from his wife. Distraught by the break up she killed herself in 1894 leaving their six year old son without a mother. Wechsler died on March 18, 1935 in relative obscurity.


ca.1898 SCNY, gift of the artist [possibly], accession #2006.289 ;
1887 Henry Benjamin Wechsler (1860-1935) [RA 1898-1935], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY 1880-something : Victorian art at its height August 1 – September 30.
1982 SCNY curators exhibition December 7.

References / citations:
– Collection database, accession #2006.289.
– 1989 collection list, accession #O-292.



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