Portrait of May Aimee Smith

Adolphe Valette, 1876 - 1942

Portrait of May Aimee Smith

Adolphe Valette 1876 - 1942


Three-quarter length portrait of a woman seated in a wooden chair. The sitter has brown hair tied away from her face, her head tiled slightly to the left whilst gazing to the right with a distant expression on her face. She wears a lilac coloured dress with a plunging neckline and short, wide sleeves, which reveals a white blouse at the cuffs that is also ornamented with a large, oval brooch with a dark stone at the neck; she also wears a long string of striking red beads. Seated with her legs crossed, the sitter places her hands together on an arm of the red upholstered chair. To the right of the figure is a light coloured curtain tied back to reveal the scene beyond of a garden and, at some distance, the roof of a building with a flag pole bearing the George Cross seen to be surrounded by trees in the lower right corner.

Object Name

Portrait of May Aimee Smith

Creators Name

Adolphe Valette

Date Created



Panel: 55.5cm x 38.1cm

accession number


Place of creation



Panel (mahogany)


Oil paint


Presented by Mrs Gladys Savigny


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