Sep 22, 2022 - Sale 2614

Sale 2614 - Lot 152

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Portrait of Webster Aitken.

Pencil on cream laid paper, circa 1935. 400x263 mm; 15 3/4x10 3/8 inches. Signed and inscribed with the sitter's name in pencil, lower recto.

Provenance: Private collection, North Carolina.

Aitken (1908-1971) was an American pianist who was known for performing the complete sonatas by Franz Schubert in London and New York in 1938, when they were rarely played. He studied in Europe with Emil Sauer and Artur Schnabel and debuted in Vienna before returning to the United States where he performed in major cities and taught at the Carnegie Institute, among other institutions.