Harold Lapham, Worn Portrait Of A Lady

Harold Lapham, Worn Portrait Of A Lady

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.

"A highly atmospheric piece."

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.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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