Portrait of Two Girls, 1901

by Dana Ripley Pond (1881–1962)
Oil on canvas
40⅛ x 30⅜ inches
Signed and dated upper left: Dana R Pond 01



Sale, James D. Julia, Fairfield, Maine, January 31, 2008, lot 65

Private collection, Chicago, Illinois, acquired from above

Sale, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, Oak Park, Illinois, March 14, 2021, lot 31, from above

Private collection, New Brighton, Minnesota, (likely) acquired from above

Note: Pond was well known as a portraitist. Two self-portraits by the artist are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.

Artist Biography

Dana Ripley Pond, known primarily as a prolific early twentieth-century American portrait painter, was born on April 8, 1881, to a prominent Winchester, Massachusetts family. He attended the Worcester Academy and continued his education in Boston and abroad. Instead of taking over the family piano company after his father’s death, Pond decided to seriously pursue a career in painting, quickly establishing himself as a proficient portraitist.

Pond maintained a studio in the Hotel des Artistes in New York City and, for a time, one in Paris. While in France just after World War I, he was commissioned by the American Red

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