Henriette Catherine Schlumberger 1926

Half portrait en face, looking away from the viewer. The sitter in a horse-riding costume: brown skirt with white pocket square, red vest, white silk shirt with neck tie, which is held by a tie pin in the form of a horseshoe. Her hair is tied back with a mesh at the back of the head. Background: a cloudy sky.

JQAW# P_1926_060
Oil on canvas 75 x 60 cm
Signature: John Quincy Ɑdams 1926
Private collection USA.

Henriette Catherine Schlumberger, daughter of the banker Charles Schlumberger (1861-1934) and Emilie Sch., née Vischer (1867-1946), 29.12.1906 to ?? 1971. Marriage to Ulrich Iselin on 27.9.1926 in Basel. The portrait was probably made on the occasion of the wedding. The Schlumberger, Vischer and Iselin families are all respected Swiss patrician families. Further biographical data and information about the life of the sitter are not known even to the still living distant relatives in Switzerland. The portrait by Adams is thus the only remaining testimony of Henriette Catherine Schlumberger and is now in the possession of a descendant of the artist, held in appropriate esteem.




Auction Van Ham Cologne 19.11.2010 Lot 771.
Private collection USA.