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Cornelia Helen Merrill (ca. 1880-1963)
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Medium: Pastel and oil on paper laid on canvas, mounted on a stretcher
Dimensions: Overall: 22 5/16 in. (56.7 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. John V. Irwin (the sitter)
Object Number: 1963.35
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Marks: signature: lower left: "J. Wells Champney"
Inscribed: Signed at lower left in yellow and brown pastel: "J. Wells Champney"

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The subject was the daughter of Payson Merrill and Emma H. (Strong) Merrill of New York. She married John Vosburgh Irwin (1874-1967) at Brick Presbyterian Church on November 21, 1905. Irwin was an estate lawyer and served as a trustee of The New-York Historical Society from 1935 until his death.