Title: Woman with Child and Two Children
Date: n.d.
Artist: Léon Augustin Lhermitte
French, 1844–1925
Medium: oil on canvas
26 x 23 in. (66 x 58.4 cm)
framed: 36 3/4 x 33 7/8 in. (93.4 x 86 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Whitaker Charitable Foundation
Object Number: 137:1977
Current Location: Not On View
Signed: l.r.:, in brown oil paint: L. LHermitte
- 1975
Mae Meissner Whitaker (1883-1975), St. Louis, MO [1]

1975 - 1977
Whitaker Charitable Foundation, St. Louis, MO [2]

1977 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by the Whitaker Charitable Foundation [3]

[1] Mae Meissner Whitaker, who married Lyndon C. Whitaker, a successful advertising executive, was an avid art collector whose wealth derived from the St. Louis-based McKinney Bakery Company, co-owned by her brother George Meissner, and her brother-in-law John E. McKinney. After living in California for a time, Mae Meissner Whitaker returned to St. Louis in 1942. Upon her death in 1975, The Whitaker Foundation was formed as a memorial to her husband, and as a way of supporting the arts in St. Louis ["History," Whitaker Foundation, accessed September 23, 2008, ].

[2] The Whitaker Charitable Foundation, founded by Mae Meissner Whitaker (see note [1]), gave the Museum a number of 19th century paintings as part of its initial contribution in 1977 [SLAM document files].

[3] Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, April 14, 1977.

Exhibition History
Title: Annually Renewable Loan, St. Louis Symphony
Date: January 11, 1990 - January 26, 2016
Venue: St. Louis Symphony
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