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 John Da Costa  (1867 - 1931)

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Lived/Active: New York / England/Scotland      Known for: portrait, children's portrait painting

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1867 (Devonshire, England)
1931 (England)

New York / England/Scotland

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Biography from McDougall Fine Arts Galleries:
According to  a New York Herald article on February 27, 1910, "Mr. da Costa is the John S. Sargent of Childhood".  Mr. da Costa specialized in painting children's portraits.  While he did not paint children exclusively, he has painted more children than anything else and 'this work appeals greatly to him'. 

An Englishman from Devonshire, he studied in Paris and exhibited at the Paris Salon.  When he returned to England he joined the "Newlyn School" in the Cornish fishing village of that name.  He did much painting in Scotland, especially in the summers.  He also painted in the United States and did a portrait of the Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew W. Mellon, Cornelia, daughter of George W. Vanderbilt, as well as the daughters of other notable Americans - Egerton Winthrop, Herman Lountze and Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, according to a Town & Country article in June of 1918.  His portrait of Doris Duke at age 12, only child of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Duke, was pictured in the New York Times in the Sunday, December 21, 1924 edition.
His adult portrait of Mrs. Evans Rogers Dick was exhibited at the National Academy in London, and there established the precedent of hanging a full length portrait "on the line".  In 1910 he painted a full length portrait of Mrs. Quincy Bent, of Philadelphia (Deborah Norris Bent).  This painting is at McDougall Fine Arts.

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