For your consideration, two pastel on paper childhood portraits of the young General Curtis Dion O’Sullivan, 1894-1967, and Cornelius Dion O’Sullivan, LTJG 1919-1943 (WWII submarine officer, USS Triton, died in action, 1943).
The portrait of Curtis Dion O’Sullivan measures 19” x 12 ½” and measures 25 ½” x 17 ½” in its original period frame. The drawing is in excellent condition, with number small dark dots to one area (see photos). The work is dated “1926” and bears the initials of the artist in a partially legible script that reads “H.” or possibly “JH”. The portrait of Cornelius Dion O’Sullivan measures 18 ½” x 12 ½” and measures 24 ¼” x 17 ¼” in its original period frame. The drawing is in excellent condition with no damage. Evident in both works are a sophisticated color palette, shading, and feeling of intimacy. Both pastel portraits were undoubtedly created by the same San Franciscan artist, and each display a high level of draftsmanship and attention to detail. Additionally, the personal objects held by each child are charming as well as being specific to the psychology of each son of the well-to-do O’Sullivan family of Berkeley, California.
Pair of Pastel Child Portraits, American School, circa 1926