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George Healy/Herman Thorn
I am in the process of writing a book to include a chapter primarily dedicated to Herman Thorn, and note that a group Healy portrait of Herman Thorn and his family was auctioned around 2009. (Healy painted several portraits of Thorn family members.)Does anyone know where this group portrait might have gone?
I have a work by George DeMare, Healy's grandson. Could someone provide me with more information about the family connection. i.e. Healy's daughter was George's mother as I understand it.
Also, is there much interest in George DeMare work's since he died in a fire relatively young in Kansas City Missouri.
How would I be able to identify the subject of a Healy portrait that is privately held? Is there a comprehensive catalog of Healy's portraits?
I also have o painting of lincoln, painted and signed by healy in 1878.
did healy only paint from hitory, or did he paint settings
Did healy only paint history subjects, such as abe lincoln ?
Howard E. Martin
Healy portrait of george Washington
I recently viewed a copy of the Gilbert Stewart portrait of George Washington hanging at Tudor Place in Georgetown which has been attributed to Healy; it very much resembles a portrait of Washington that I own for which I am working on an attribution. I would greatly appreciate any information available about Healy's portraits of Washington.
Dr. Jeffrey Owens
Portrait of President Grant
In John and Alice Durant's Pictorial History of American Presidents (NY: A. S. Barnes, 1955, p. 144, there is a very fine portrait by Healy of Ulysses S. Grant in his general's uniform. Grant looks unusually handsome in this portrait, but with an intense, serious, and determined countenance. From all accounts, Grant was not a well-groomed person--more-or-less a slob--so Healy has probably flattered the man somewhat. Still, it is an impressive portrait, 3/4 length, and shows considerable skill and psychological insight. The picture credit says that it is in the collection of the Union League Club.