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# 6089. A fine Gilded Age Portrait of "Mary Walter Cooper. . .was Peter Cooper's niece-in-law. Her husband was Charles William Cooper, son of Peter's younger brother Edward Cooper. Mary and Charles has one daughter, Julia, who was married to Captain Schuyler Schieffelin in 1907. They appear to have been a relatively close-knot extended family, as the Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections hold correspondence between them all in the Cooper family papers collection. Charles and Mary were also both very involved in The Cooper Union in the early part of the 20th century: he served on the Board of Trustees, and she was President of the Ladies Advisory Council. The Mary Walter Cooper Scholarship was first given in 1916 to two students of the Women's Art School. In the Fall of 1926 she permanently endowed this scholarship and today it's available for anyone in the School of Art. The Coopers resided in Tuxedo Park. The portrait was painted by Josef Arpad Koppay, he was the court painter for the Hapsburg's of Austria. Commissions allowed him to travel throughout Europe and the East Coast of the U.S. where he painted portraits of industrialists, artists and writers. Roosevelt and Rockefeller were clients. The size of this oil on canvas is 48" wide and 70" tall. Original frame. The portrait should be cleaned with a few touch-ups... Inquiries.

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