Zorn's American Subjects...
1881-1891, 1893, 1894 -1895, 1896-1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903-1904, 1905-1910, 1911-1917

Mrs. J. Donald Cameron, 1900, oil on canvas, 147.5 x 113.5 cm., private collection. The portrait was previously in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It was sold at Sotheby’s, New York, on May 21, 1987. Mrs. Elizabeth Sherman Cameron (ca. 1858-1944) was married to Senator Donald Cameron (1833-1918) of Pennsylvania. She was a close friend and confidant of Henry Adams. Mrs. Cameron was from a prominent Ohio family and a niece of General William T. Sherman. The portrait was painted in Paris.

Mrs. John Crosby Brown, ca. 1900, oil on canvas, 73.7 x 60.3 cm., Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession no. 60.85. Mary Elizabeth Adams (1842-1918) married John Crosby Brown and lived in Orange, New Jersey. She collected musical instruments and gave many of them to the Metropolitan Museum, beginning in 1889. The 4,000 instruments in the museum’s collection makes it the largest such collection outside of Europe. Zorn’s portrait of Mrs. Brown is believed to have been painted in Paris.

Mrs. Abby Deering Howe, 1900, oil on canvas, 124.5 x 91.5 cm., private collection. The portrait was sold at Sotheby’s, New York, Oct. 1989. Mrs. Robert Howe was the half-sister of Charles Deering.

Emma Zorn in New York, 1900, etching, 20.2 x 15 cm., A. 157. Zorn etched a portrait of his wife from their room at the Waldorf-Astoria. The city-scape is viewed through the window behind Mrs. Zorn.

Colonel Lamont I, 1900, etching, 22.4 x 15 cm., A. 158. Daniel Scott Lamont (1851-1905) was secretary of war during President Grover Cleveland’s second term.

Billy Mason, 1900, etching, 19.9 x 14.2 cm., A. 159. William E. Mason (1850-1921) was a Republican senator (1897-1903) from Illinois who was known for his skill as an orator. Along with forty signed copies of the etching, there were fifty unsigned prints on japon paper published in Tome IV du Peintre-Graveur illustré de luxe. There were also 350 unsigned etchings with the inscription “T. IV Senator B. Mason A. Zorn Sc.” The artist signed the etching in the plate “Zorn Chicago 1900.”

At the Piano (Anna Burnett, later Mrs. Hardin), 1900, etching, 20 x 15 cm., A. 160. Mrs. Hardin presented the etching of herself to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, in 1953, accession number P. 1953-366. According to Asplund, Zorn possessed two pencil drawings of the subject.

Arthur Caton, 1900, oil on canvas, 220 x 115 cm., Chicago Club. The painting was originally cataloged as being painted in 1901. Count Louis Sparre (1863-1964), an artist and friend of Zorn’s, attempted to catalogue Zorn’s American works in the 1920s by traveling across the country. He noted, after visiting Chicago, that the painting was dated 1900.

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