John Ellsworth Weis Portrait Oil Painting of Mrs. Harry Ward Randolph
John Ellsworth Weis (Cincinnati, Ohio, 1892 – 1962)
Untitled (portrait of Mrs. Harry Ward Randolph, Frances “Fannie” Burgoyne Jones Randolph), early to mid-20th century
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the lower right
Label to verso reads “Portrait of Mrs. Harry Ward Randolph by John E. Weiss. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. John B. F. Randolph”
Mrs. Harry Ward Randolph was the former president of the Cincinnati Woman’s Club, serving from 1939 to 1941.
Born in Indiana, John Weis moved to Higginsport, Ohio, then to Norwood, Ohio when he was a child. Due to family struggles, he found it necessary to work several day jobs in order to attend classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy in the evenings. Faculty members at the Academy, including Frank Duveneck, James Hopkins, L.H. Meakin, and Herman Wessel, were so impressed with both Weis’ talent and his work ethic, that at the age of 22 he was offered a full-time position at the Academy where he taught for the next 38 years, mentoring many young artists in Cincinnati. Weis’ work was exhibited at the Paris Salon, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among other institutions.
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- overpainting to background and figure’s dress, with dress covered in solid black paint; restorative overpainting in spots to the face and neck of figure; signature appears clean; rippled canvas at upper right corner; stretcher marks to canvas; scuff marks and wear to frame; discoloration and surface wear to label on verso.
- measures frame; visible work measures 25.25" W x 31.25" H.