Williams - portraits of 20C ladies

Both these miniature portraits are signed "Williams", but there are several artists of that name. The sitters are not known. 1059, 1181

Later. It is quite likely the artist involved was B. DeMars Williams of 10 East 14th Street, New York City, who exhibited from Studio 33 in 1922.

The top miniature here is signed in red "Williams" and in 2011 another miniature of an older lady, inscribed on a label on the reverse as by B. deMars Williams, was offered on eBay. That was also signed "Williams" in red. It was exhibited in 1922 and offered for sale with a price of $325.00 a huge sum in 1922.

The American Art Annual volume 35 for 1941 refers to "The Art Department contains: portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Neville by Frances Cranmer Greenman, and miniatures of them by B. DeMars Williams."

There is also a reference to;
Decisions and orders of the New York State Labor Relations Board: Volume 12. New York State Labor Relations Board - 1949 - In the Matter of E. Court Realty Corp., B. DeMars Williams and Jennie Augusta Williams and United Service Employees, Local 377, CIO.
which seems to imply that B. DeMars Williams was a male, with Jennie being his wife.

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