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Photo: Christopher Burke Studios, NY; © FdDPS
Photo: Christopher Burke Studios, NY; FdDPS
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Classification: Pastel »
Theme: figurative »
Medium: Pastel »
Support: on cardboard »
Year(s): 1927 »
PS 284 (P 215)
Ange portant des fleurs (Angel Holding Flowers)
Alternate title: Lotty Urban
1927
Pastel on cardboard
23 5/8 x 17 7/8 in. (60 x 45.5 cm) (sight size)
Neither signed, nor dated
Inventories
Inv. T. P., Ptgs etc. at Bryn Athyn, n.d. [c. 1940], Glencairn archives: no. [34] [P 215], p. [2], Portrait of Angel with Bouquet, 19 x 24 1/2 [in.].
Inv. Pitcairn, n.d. [c.1957], n.p., LNC archives: no. P 215, Rev. Theodore Pitcairn, Head and Bust of Lottie (holding bunch of flowers in cupped hands, Smit, Pastel, 23 1/2 x 18 [in.].
Provenance
Eshowe Pitcairn-Pennink (by descent)
Exhibitions
The Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, Philippe Smit, An Exhibition of Works by a Twentieth Century Dutch Master, December 01–29, 1957, no. 18, as Lotty Urban, Pastel - Circa 1927, 31 x 25 1/2 [in.].
Literature & Primary Sources
Philippe Smit. ALS to Kasper Niehaus. Thoury-Férottes, 18 January 1928.
Niehaus, Kasper. "Te weinig geëerd shilder: De beteekenis van Philippe Smit." De Telegraaf (Amsterdam), 27-01-1933, p. 7 (" … en pastel van een bloemenbrengenden engel …").
Niehaus, Kasper. Philippe Smit, unkown genius. Revised and edited by Marjorie Bell. Typescript, 1955, p. 13 ("… a pastel of an angel carrying flowers, painted to mark the birth of Miriam, daughter of the Pitcairns. …").
Notes
"[…] hélas je n’ai pas/ beaucoup travailler. J’ai fait en Amerique un portrait de fillette/ dont hélas je n’ai pas encore de foto. des Fleurs. copie de la merveilleuse/ statue de bois du XII, que j’avais dans mon atelier et que/ je considère comme une des merveille de la sculpture de/ ces époques, et pour la naissance de la petite Miriam j’ai faite/ un Ange portant des fleurs, pastel, et quelques dessin et ici en France/ nous sommes dans un très jolies petit village, j’ai fait un pastel/ de la petite Eglise Romane, qui a une poësie la contré[e] est très/ belle j’espère avoir le plaisir de te voir ici, et un grand/ portrait de Madame Pitcairn dans le parc. […]" [sic] (… alas I have not worked much. I have made in America a portrait of a little girl, of which, alas, I have not yet a photo, flowers, a copy of a marvellous 12th century wooden statue, which I had in my studio and which I consider to be one of the marvels of the sculpture of these periods, and for little Miriam’s birth I have made an angel holding flowers, pastel, and some drawings, and here in France we are in a very pretty little village, I have made a pastel of the small Romanesque church, which is poetic, the region is very beautiful, I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you here, and a large portrait of Mrs. Pitcairn in the park. …) (Philippe Smit 1928a)

See biographical note on Lotty Urban who served as a model for this pastel.

Record last updated April 20, 2017. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Narzt, Andreas and Castellani, Florence. "Ange portant des fleurs (Angel Holding Flowers), 1927 (PS 284)." The Complete Works of Philippe Smit. http://www.philippesmit.com/cr/catalogue/entry.php?id=284 (accessed on September 26, 2021).