Oil Portrait of Lady in Blue Veil attributed to Lester A. Gillette circa 1920


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Gorgeous portrait of unknown lady, untitled and unsigned but attributed to Lester A. Gillette. She is in wonderful condition.


  • Height – 36 inches
  • Width –28 inches
  • Depth – 2 inches
  • Weight –  7 pounds

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Lester A. Gillette


Early 20th Century

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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:



“I lived in Topeka for several years from ~1974-1981 while finishing undergraduate school at Washburn University and my MBA at KU.

During my time in Topeka, I was on the board of directors of the Topeka Art Guild. I was was also active with the Mulvane Art Gallery and the Friends of the Library (and was assisted Larry Peters in puttting on certain exhibitions at the latter).

I also became well acquainted with Ms. Rosamond Nyman, L.A. Gillette’s granddaughter. I purchased a number of his paintings from her and helped her sell others (as she could use the extra money). She had inherited her grandfather’s house and studio (where she taught music) and I spent many hours there looking at paintings and listening to her stories about her grandfather.

One of L.A. Gillette’s paintings I remember well that hung in her home (and that was not for sale) is your “Portrait of Lady in Blue Veil”. It was one of her favorites.

Kindest regards,

Kenneth H. Wiese”



Lester A. Gillette


Early 20th Century