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 Blas A. Fagioni  (late 19th century)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: portrait painting

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Following is a communication from Julia Viola Burnett/Pabros, whose mother was the owner of a portrait by Blas Fagioni.  She writes:

I do have a letter that was sent to my Mother, along with a picture of another "Blas Fagioni" Portrait.  The gentleman who wrote the letter is a "Mr. Joseph Franklin."  In the letter to my Mother he says:
 
"Dear Ms. Galbraith:
 
I have noted that in the ""Inventory of American Paintings, NMAA, Smithsonian Institution-Artist Index"" there is a listing of a Fagioni Painting that you own. (Julia Dunphy Piercy, Oil 1876.)"
 
He continues on to say:
 
"I too have a painting of a very handsome gentlemen, undoubtedly Maurice Barrymore, (my note: You can find Biographical information on Maurice Barrymore on Wikipedia, he is the Father of the "Barrymore Acting Family, Ethel, John  and Lionel,) signed  ""B.A. Fagioni, 1876, S.F.""  I have been trying to get a verifiction of the subject and additional information on the artist, and wonder if you might be able to help.  The image is approx: 24 1/2 x 30 1/2 and is in a 5' Goldleaf Period (original) Frame.
 
Enclosed is a Snapshot for your convenience if you'll be so kind as to respond.
 
Yours Sincerely,
 
Joseph Franklin"
 
This letter is dated from "June 14th, 1989.  For some reason my Mother never responded to him regarding the Fagioni Painting that I now currently own.  My mother is deceased.
 
The curious thing in the letter is that he refers to the painting being listed in the Smithsonian Index as being "Julia Dunphy Piercy," but I was always told that the Painting is of my Great-Grandmother "Carmen Uvilla" who was from Chile, and was a "Mail Order Bride" from a very "Well-To-Do, High Class" Family to marry my Great-Grandfather, "William Dunphy" from Ireland who was an early Pioneer, in San Francisco.  As far as I know "Julia Dunphy Piercy," was my Great-Aunt, one of the Daughters of Carmen and William Dunphy.
 

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Resident of San Francisco in 1876. Exh: Mechanics' Inst., 1876.
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