|ALBERT HERTER (1871-1950)
Master Rosenbaum (Portrait of Albert M. Rosenbaum, Jr.) 1914
Signed upper left: "ALBERT HERTER" underneath which appears the
(The floral "device" which Herter used as part of his painting signature,
a cherry blossom, was developed on his and Adele's honeymoon in Japan in 1893. Adele's device
was a flowering wisteria. The Herters originally created these devices
as emblems for the garments worn by their jinrikisha (rickshaw) men, but
they soon adopted them as personal monograms.
Note: Albert and Adele Herter's son, Christian A. Herter, was
Governor of Massachusetts and later Eisenhower's last Secretary of State.
The beautifully painted background in this painting reflects Herter's fame as
a designer of tapestries (Herter Looms).
The frame is original, an early 20th-century arts and craft frame probably made
by Stanford White.
The picture was cleaned and revarnished for the first time in December, 1997
by James Greaves, Santa Monica, CA..
Albert M. (18 Apr 1861 - 3 Nov 1927) and Nettie Rosenbaum, young Albert's parents
to Milton Meyers (formerly Milton Rosenbaum, born 1891), young Albert's older
to Fern Meyers (4 June 1900 - 27 December 1999), widow of Milton Meyers
to Mabel Alvarez (Fern Meyers' sister, Pearl Rogers, was Mabel Alvarez'
According to Mrs. Meyers' best memories of the story she was told, the Rosenbaums, whom
she never knew, commissioned Herter to paint their son after his impending death
became known. She didn't remember if she'd ever heard the cause of his
death, but it was probably consumption.
This painting hung for many years in the same room in which, in 1947, the playboy/gangster
Bugsy Siegel, who built the first gambling establishment in the little isolated
desert spot called Las Vegas, was ambushed and killed. The still-magnificent
and famous house at 810 Prospect Drive, Beverly Hills, was owned by Milton and
Fern Meyers until the early 1940s. They sold it to the entertainer George
Jessel. Siegel's girlfriend Virginia Hill, I understand, was leasing the
house, but I haven't heard whether or not from Jessel.