SOLD! for $812.00.
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Pair of portraits by Mallie Vena McAninch (Arkansas, 1913-2007). Subjects are William W. Leigh and Alice E. Leigh of Little Rock, Arkansas. 1st item: Oil on canvasboard bust length portrait of Alice E. Leigh, wearing a black dress with white fur wrap and a Miriam Haskell pearl and paste necklace (also offered in this auction, lot #733). Signed upper right "Mallie Vena McAninch". Housed in its original foliate and scroll molded composition and giltwood frame. 23-1/2" x 22-1/2" sight, 34" x 33" framed. 2nd item: Oil on canvasboard bust length portrait of William W. Leigh, wearing a suit. Molded ebonized and giltwood frame, probably original. 31" x 26" sight, 35" x 30" framed. Note: Mr. Leigh (1885-1966) was a prominent Little Rock businessman and son Lamartine Bascomb Leigh, who settled in Little Rock in 1872 and founded the L.B. Leigh insurance company. He married Alice Leigh in 1955, a second marriage for both. Mallie Vena McAninch was an artist and teacher who painted portraits of several prominent Arkansas citizens including Sam and Helen Walton. She won numerous awards, had solo exhibitions and was named Arkansas's Woman of the Year. (McAninch biography courtesy the Historic Arkansas Museum). Provenance: Estate of Alice Leigh, Little Rock, Arkansas. Condition: Portrait of Alice Leigh: some losses to frame with some pieces retained; small minor fleck or inclusion to subject's cheek. Portrait of William Leigh: two bubbles on right side, on background and a 3/4" area of flaking to upper right quadrant