NATIVE AMERICAN ORIGINAL OIL BY MARY BELLE WILLIAMS
WILLIAMS, Mary Belle. Bust portrait of a Native American. New York?: 1901. Original oil painting on canvas (15-1/2 by 19-1/2 inches), closely framed; entire piece measures 18-1/2 by 22-1/2 inches. $7500.
Original oil on canvas by renowned San Diego painter Mary Belle Williams-an early and characteristic painting of an unidentified Native American.
“Although one of the most popular women painters in San Diego, surprisingly little is known about the career of Mary Belle Williams… Born in Massilon, Ohio in 1873, the daughter of Henry and Alwida (Beazel) Williams, Mary Belle began art studies as a child and continued at the Art Students’ League in New York City. She moved to San Diego about 1906 where her brother owned a gold mine in nearby Julian. In San Diego she maintained a studio in a building she owned at Seventh and Beech streets where Alfred R. Mitchell also lived and worked… Her oeuvre includes portraits, landscapes, miniatures, and floral still lifes” (San Diego Historical Society). She was a charter member of the San Diego Art Guild, and won silver and bronze medals in the Panama-California Exposition of 1915. This wonderful painting of an unidentified Native American is signed “Mary B. Williams” and dated “1901.”
Expert restoration to one small tear.