of Ena Wertheimer:
Sargent -- American
Gallery Display Caption
portrait] is unusually
lively, and shows her wearing, as a joke, the Court dress of Lord
which had been left in Sargent’s studio by another of his sitters. The
portrait’s sub-title refers to her billowing cloak. The first of the
family portraits was commissioned by Helena’s father, Asher, in 1898,
the rest followed at intervals.
25 June 1910
entitled 'A Dream
of Fair Women' - at Oldham Art Gallery (?)
is also painted
with much cleverness. This is shown in Sargent's picture of Mrs
in G W Philpot's of Mrs Emile Mond, and in W.
B. Ranken's of Mrs Brown Potter."
Ena was featured in a
with her sister four years previously.
and Betty, Daughters of Asher and Mrs. Wertheimer
Ena would later
marry her first husband
Mr. Robert M. Mathias
of Robert Mathias
very little in the way of written material but will try to come up with
something that may be of interest.
From: Julian Mathias
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2004
I am the grandson of
Robert Mathias and Ena (nee Wertheimer) and the great grandson of Asher
I find your website
fascinating, and if you would like me to try to tie up any loose ends
regarding JSS's relationship with my family,
please let me know.
For example, the
picture A vele Gonfie was a wedding present from Asher
Wertheimer to both my grandparents. My grandmother was always short of
cash and she in fact sold it in the late twenties or early thirties,
and had a copy made which she hung in its normal place. When my
grandfather found out he was furious, but several years later, after
her death, was able to buy the portrait back from America and kept it
for the rest of his life.
If I can discover any
other relevant anecdotes, I will let you know.
The Wertheimer paintings
Special thanks to
Wendy & Gordon
Hawksley, of Sheffield, England, friends
of the JSS Gallery, for sending me the exceprt of The Queen review
(special thanks to
Assistant Curator at
the Tate for
London 1905, no.376
London 'Fair Women',
Corcoran Gallery of
'Commemorataive Exhibition by Members of the National Academy of
1925 no.75 and NY, Grand Central Art Galleries 1925-6, no.302
AIC, Chicago, 1934,
Japan 1989, no.43
Sargent and Steer' 2002
Date: Wed, 2 Jul
My name is Juan Carlos
and I am an art historian who is doing a research about the portrait of
Ena Wertheimer. A vele gonfie, painted by Sargent in 1905, now in the
Britain. I wrote you long time ago, asking for information about the
relation between Sargent and Ramon Casas, a Spanish painter of the
Now I would be very interested in knowing when this picture was
throughout the lifetime of Sargent, because I have found a replica made
by a Spanish painter, so I could know when this painter could see this
I apologize for my
English, but I
think that this information could be very important in relation to my
and the third volume of the Sargent catalogue raisonné hasn't
released. Thank you very much!
I wrote the Tate
gallery and Heather
Birchall sent me the exhibition history back -- see above.
Thank you very much
for your help.
When I get my research finished, I will send you what I have found.