Oil on canvas, 26 x 20 inches, 1919, signed, in the original frame. Provenance: Peter Pelletier Gallery. William Henry Cotton was a well known New York portrait artist and illustrator. He was born in Newport, RI and studied at the Cowles School of Art in Boston, then the Academie Julien in Paris. Cotton was a founding member of the National Association of Portrait Painters; a leading artist's organization whose members included many prominent artists of the early 20th century, such as John Singer Sargent, Philip Hale, Robert Henri, George Bellows and Frank Benson.