Jun 12, 2014 - Sale 2354

Sale 2354 - Lot 18

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
Portrait of a Woman.

Pencil on tan wove paper, circa 1900. 620x480 mm; 24 1/4x19 inches.

A study for a drypoint of the same subject.

With--An impression of the drypoint on wove paper. 520x320 mm; 20 1/2x12 1/2 inches, wide margins.

Born in England, Albright (1874-1959) moved with her family to California in 1880, settling in Oakland. Albright honed her portrait skills as an illustrator for the San Francisco Examiner in the late 1800s, making society and courtroom sketches. At the turn of the century, she studied in Paris and learned the technique of drypoint printmaking, likely attracted to the drypoints of the French artist Paul César Helleu, whose influence is manifest in Albright's work. By the 1910s, Albright had established a studio in San Francisco and become a prominent portraitist in the Bay Area. In 1913, she cofounded the California Society of Etchers.