Study in Pink: Mercedes Walton
Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 1/2 inches
Signed at lower right: “AR” [monogram with rose motif]
Inscribed at lower right: “To My [friend] Henry F Walton/Albert Rosenthal/19”
Exhibited: “One Hundred and Fifth Annual Exhibition,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia: Jan–Mar, 1910; no. 370); “107th Annual Exhibition,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia: Feb–Mar, 1912; no. 370); “Winter Exhibition,” National Academy of Design (New York: Dec 1915–Jan 1916; no. 342)
Illustrated: “The International Studio,” (New York: John Lane Company, 1915), vol. LV, no. 220, p. 65
Mercedes R. Walton (1894–1979) was the daughter of Henry F. Walton who served as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1895.
About the Artist
Born in Philadelphia, Albert Rosenthal was the son of the engraver Max Rosenthal. Albert studied under his father and later published a book about him. Albert attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and exhibited there frequently; he also exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is known for his portraits of Supreme Court Justices and Philadelphia Mayors.