Beautiful oil portrait of unknown lady in blue veil untitled and unsigned but attributed to Lester A. Gillette, American artist 1855-1940. L. A. Gillette was a resident of my hometown, Topeka, Kansas, and a founding member of The Topeka Art Guild which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, 2016. Mr. Gillette was born in Columbus, Ohio and after marrying he moved to San Francisco and studied painting at the California School of Design where he trained under Thomas Hill and Virgil Williams. He also studied under Birge Harrison, Mitchell Jacobs, George Elmer Browne, and John F. Carlson. He was also a student at the Art Institute of Chicago and pupil of William Merritt Chase. He moved to Topeka in 1900 where he was a partner in a coal and lumber business until he retired in 1920 and spent the rest of his life painting. I purchased this lovely lady at Mr. Gillette’s granddaughter’s estate sale approximately 20 years ago. She has been hanging in my home since and I am now ready to share her with you.
ADDENDUM: A gentleman contacted me who knew L. A. Gillette’s granddaughter and this painting. The following is a letter he sent to me and gave me permission to use: