(American, 1882-1951)
Juliette Day as Moy Fah Loy in "Yellow Jacket"
1913, oil on canvas
signed Ben Ali Haggin, l.l.
86 x 50 in., frame: 92 x 56 in.

Provenance: Juliette Day (actress and subject of the portrait); by descent in her family; Grogan & Company, May 22, 2000, Lot 61; A Dedham, Massachusetts Collection.

Other Notes: Boston-born Juliette Day (1893-1957) was an actress and model who starred in several Broadway productions in the 1910s/20s. One of her earliest roles was Moy Fa Loy in "Yellow Jacket," which ran for 80 shows at the Fulton Theater in New York in 1912-1913. American artist Ben Ali Haggin painted this near-life size portrait of Juliette in her "Yellow Jacket" costume, and her husband, Paul Whitney, purchased the work for $5,000 in 1924. In addition to being a skilled portraitist, Haggin also designed stage sets and created tableaux vivants for society gatherings in New York.

  • Condition: "As-is" -- inpainting along lower edge, extending approx. 4 in. up from edge; minor inpainting along the left side of figure's dress; large area of flaking paint (visible in image) below figure's left hand (right side of painting) corresponding with water damage (visible verso); less visible flaking in area between figure's left foot and the signature, l.l.

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