Harold Lapham, Worn Portrait Of A Lady

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This unusual and highly atmospheric portrait of a lady is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing we’ve ever had here. It depicts a lady (probably American) with a stare that could cut glass. She’s holding her head up while looking across to our right and wearing a blouse with a decorative collar.

Little is known about the artist, Harold Lapham (1877-1919), as other paintings by him are hard to find. He lived a rather short life and spent some time working at a mill in the town of Peru in Upstate, New York.

The painting is housed within a later vintage frame and inscribed on the reverse.

Oil on canvas
Overall size
17½” x 21½” / 45cm x 55cm
Year of creation
c. 1915
Very worn with various paint losses, creases and general undulation throughout. Frame with light wear.