Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 49

Price Realized: $ 2,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000

RUTH FORD HARPER (1883-1922)


Pastel on board. 547x420 mm; 21 1/2x16 1/2 inches, framed to 26x20 1/2 inches. Signed "R. Ford Harper" beneath portrait.

Cincinnati Art Galleries, with their label on frame back; private collection, Kentucky.

Ruth Ford Harper, born Ruth Heilprin Hammerslough O'Neill, was a student of WIlliam Merritt Chase. She created the covers of various issues of Good Housekeeping, Harper's Weekly and the Sunday Magazine of the New York Tribune under her pseudonym of R. Ford Harper. In November 1918, she exhibited her art at the Dowell Club, an early New York City artist's association at 108 W. 55th St, under her real name Ruth H. Hammerslough, and in August 1920, she traveled to Paris to study further. A number of period postcards are visible online which feature her work, in addition to the various magazine / periodical cover art she created.