Lincolnshire, England 1858-1925 Boston
Terrace Garden, Rome
Oil on canvas, original frame
H: 23 W: 19 D: 1 inches (framed)
Signed with initials on lower right of recto: J.E.
Inscribed on stretcher: Elliot (sic) Terrace Rome/Return to Mrs. Anderson, Weld, Jamaica Plains
Provenance: Mrs. Larz Anderson (Isabel Weld Perkins), Weld, Brookline, Massachusetts
An English born artist, illustrator and muralist, Elliott studied in Paris at the Academie Julian under Carolus-Duran. In 1878, he went to Rome to further his studies and met his future wife, Maud Howe, Pulitzer-prize-winning American writer and the daughter of Julia Ward Howe, the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Elliott's most famous work is Diana of the Tides, a mural in the National Museum, Washington. Through his wife's Boston connections, Elliott became acquainted with Mr. and Mrs. Larz Anderson, the vastly rich American patrons of the arts.?Isabel Weld Perkins Anderson was born in 1876 in Boston's Back Bay, and was descended, on both sides of her family, from wealthy Boston Brahmins, who trace their history back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Generations of ancestors and relatives on both sides had been educated at Harvard, had traded with the Far East, and had built stately homes in and around Boston. Isabel's father was Commodore George H. Perkins, the commander of the USS Cayuga during the American Civil War. The commodore's father had grown rich building mills in New Hampshire and running a shipping firm in Boston that did business in West Africa. Her mother was Anna Minot Weld, a wealthy socialite born to the Weld family of Boston. When Isabel was only five years old, she inherited $17 million from her grandfather William Fletcher Weld, reportedly making her the wealthiest woman in the world.?In 1896, Isabel was a 20-year old debutante on a world tour. She was presented at the Court of St. James wearing a jeweled dress by Worth. She made a stop in Rome and met Larz Anderson, a young Harvard-educated diplomat from an affluent and prestigious Cincinnati family. They were married in Boston a year later and embarked on a life of luxury combined with public service and adventure. They traveled widely, making four trips around the world and throughout Europe and Asia. Anderson held a number of diplomatic posts, including U.S. Ambassador to Japan.?She and her husband divided their time between an elaborate house modeled after a Renaissance palace on Dupont Circle in Washington and Weld, an estate on 64 acres in Brookline, Massachusetts, which had been in her family for generations. At Weld, the Andersons built a 25-room mansion, resembling Lulworth Castle, an ancient ancestral home associated with the Welds. In 1901, Charles Platt, the eminent American architect and garden designer, created an Italian garden of restrained plan that became known as one of his finest.