Sampling of works by
Elinor M. Barnard
ELINOR M. BARNARD
|1901||Portrait Study of a Lady|
|1903||My Little Model|
|1904||The Blue Earring; Autumn Flower Child|
|1910||The Young American|
|1911||A Doubtful Visitor|
She was a portraitist of children with her medium being water color and would paint the children of some of the leading figures of her time. Many of her friends and people she painted for were people that John Singer Sargent knew and painted as well -- she was the niece and studied briefly under Sargent's friend Frederick Barnard. Although born in England, she was cosmopolitan and had been in the United States since 1913. She married a well know writer (in those times) Manuel Komroff who was 20 years her junior, but the two were divorced by 1937. She made her home in New York, but apparently traveled across the country seeking and accepting commissions.
Why am I interested in her?
In 1939 Elinor
happened to be in
New Orleans, Louisiana staying at the DeSoto Hotel where my father was
the manager. It so happened that she asked to paint
my sister and me. We both sat for her and she inscribed it to Mr.
Mrs. Powell -- which was our maiden name. The painting has been with me
all these years and have only recently been attempting to put a history
behind her signature on my portrait. Up to now I have been fairly
in doing a genealogy type search, but I seem to have reached a brick
on her parents.
In Oct. of this last year (2003) I went out to Springville, Utah Art Museum to see their collection of Elinor M Barnard's work. These 30 some odd pieces were in her possession at the time of her death. The Museum is desessioning them. I was able to purchase 3 portraits, 2 lithographs, 1 drawing and 2 sketches. Vern Swanson, the museum director, encouraged me to do a biography of Elinor and a "raisonne." (I cannot do an accent mark on my computer) in a pamphlet form. This in order to get her name out there once again in the Art World
There is an lot on
the net regarding
her ex-husband, Manuel Komroff. The New York Times article on the
sheds some light as well:
Also, the story of how those 30 pieces got to Utah is interesting. I will save that for later if you are interested.
By the way, most of
were silversmiths-the company going back to 1790 and still in business
today in London. (From time to time their pieces show up on ebay,
Christi's and Sotheby's)
Elinor was a cousin
Barnard (who was the famous Charles Dickens illustrator). Her
father, George Edward, and Frederick were first cousins. This I learned
from doing a genealogical search. There were a few John's and one was a
cousin to G.E. and Fred. Komroff was probably confused with all of
Elinor studied with Emily Cummins Barnard-widow of Elinor's uncle William. Emily made her living doing miniatures of the "significant people" in England. She was born in 1840, died in 1902. Emily was living with Elinor in 1901 (found on the census of 1901 in Kensington) She did a miniature of the Duke of Clarence which resulted in visits to Buckingham Palace to confer with Queen Alexandra.
Elinor was born
August 9, 1871 (birth
certificate). Her given name on the certificate is Ellen Margaret. She
used Elinor as her professional name and on entry into the United
at Ellis Island. "Elinor-Ellen" is found on her marriage license.
is for her maternal grandmother, Margaret Sandeman Morison.
******<>Elinor is related William Barnard -- the silversmith of The Barnard and Son Silver Co.
<><>Frederick's father was Edward-not John. I have Frederick's birth certificate. He was born 26 May 1846-father Edward and mother Mary Chater. Edward was a silversmith as was George Edward's father, who was William. The Barnard and Sons Silver Co. is still in business in London. Edward and William were first cousins. Alice Faraday Barnard's girls and son (Geoffrey b. 1872) were second cousins to Elinor M. Barnard. Alice Faraday Barnard was the niece of Michael Faraday-he being married to her aunt, Sarah Barnard. Alice and Frederick were married on the Isle of Wight Aug. 11, 1870.