Lilian Westcott Hale: Portrait of a Woman

Lilian Westcott Hale (1881-1963) Portrait of a Woman signed ‘Lilian Westcott Hale’ (upper right) pencil and charcoal on paper sight, 22 ¼ x 14 ¼ in. (56.5 x 35.6 cm.), Source: Christie’s.

Lilian Westcott Hale’s mentor Edmund Tarbell exclaimed after seeing her drawings in the one-woman 1908 Boston show, “Your drawings are perfectly beautiful—as fine as anything could be. They belong with our old friends Leonardo, Holbein and Ingres, and are to me the finest modern drawings I have ever seen” (Philip Hale Papers, Box 53a, Folder 1444, SSC) and William H. Downes wrote on January 22, 1908 in The Boston Transcript that her drawings were superior to the work of the most admired artists Paul Helleu and Charles Dana Gibson and that they had “a distinct elegance of style.” In fact, Lilian Westcott Hales drawings are considered more important than her oils because her drawings are poetically tender and remarkably rendered with sensitivity.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow that is a great drawing. Such a unique style

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    1. I would have loved to see her working. Every time I look at her drawings, I am amazed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, RiverUnderWater. 🙂

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  2. Amazing pencil/charcoal artwork! Such softness and sensibility! A master, indeed.

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    1. Yes! I wonder how long she spent creating her drawings…tiny vertical marks must have been labor intensive, but what a result! Thanks for visiting, Rosaliene. 🙂

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      1. When you love what you’re doing, you don’t notice time going by 🙂

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  3. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    What a perfectly lovely drawing!!

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    1. Thanks for the reblog, penwithlit. 🙂


  4. Absolutely Gorgeous. Thank You!!! 😊

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    1. She is one of my (many!) favorites! 🙂

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      1. I completely understand why!!! 💕

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      1. Dear At Sunny Side, you’re so welcome and your posts deserves the best sharing 🌸💮🌺

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