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Mrs. Samuel Mountfort Pitts, 1888

  • Gari Melchers, American, 1860-1932

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 34 3/4 × 27 5/8 inches (88.3 × 70.2 cm)
  • 49 1/4 × 42 1/4 × 4 3/4 inches (125.1 × 107.3 × 12.1 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund



American Art before 1950

Signed and dated, upper left: I. Gari. Melchers| Detroit 1888

Inscribed, upper left: I. Gari. Melchers| Detroit 1888

Pitts Family Collection. Col. Lendall Pitts. 1958-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Goodwin, D. Life and Services of James Pitts and Sons. Chicago, 1881, pp. 37-39. Gulley, O.S. Chronography of Wayne County. Detroit, 1890. Obituary. Detroit Journal (December 19, 1896). Payne, Elizabeth H. Portraits of Eight Generations of the Pitts Family: From the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1959, p. 41, no. 1309 (ill.). Genre, Portrait, and Still Life Painting in America: The Victorian Era. Exh. cat., Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum. Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1973, p. 15, no. 16 (ill.). Wayne County Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 163. Lesko, Diane and Esther Persson, eds. Gari Melchers: A Retrospective Exhibition. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts. St. Petersburg, FL, 1990.

Gari Melchers, Mrs. Samuel Mountfort Pitts, 1888, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund, 58.361.