Adelaide Cole (Mrs. W.C.) Chase (American, 1868-1944)
The Two Alices
Signed "Adelaide Chase" u.r., identified on labels from the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston, affixed to the reverse.
Oil on canvas, 50 x 36 in. (127.0 x 91.4 cm), in a period frame.
Condition: Lined, retouch, scattered craquelure.
Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
N.B. Born to Belgian pianist Irma de Pelgrom and Boston painter Joseph Foxcroft Cole, Adelaide Chase was introduced to the world of painting at a young age. Around the age of ten, she was used as a child model by Winslow Homer. First taught by her father and Frederic P. Vinton, she married in 1892 and attended the Boston Museum School of Art where she studied with Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell. In 1890 she traveled to Paris where she continued her studies with Carlolus-Duran and Jean Paul Laurens. Her work was widely exhibited, and was included in the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exhibition, the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, and fourteen annual exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy. Chase was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1905 and is best known for her graceful portraits of women and children.