Ada Caplan

Illustration © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society. Catalogue information based on the catalogue raisonné by David Cleall. For this and full details of the exhibitions cited, see the links below. Any auction prices quoted may not include all fees and taxes, such as VAT and Artist's Resale Right charges.

Ada Caplan

Ada Caplan (aka Portrait of a Lady), c.1930
Oil on canvas, 29.5 cm x 26.3 cm

Ada Caplan (1893–1981) and her husband, Dr Henry Caplan, met William Roberts in the early 1920s through their friendship with Jacob Kramer, and bought a number of his pictures. In the 1920s and '30s Ada ran a Montessori school in Stamford Hill, London – she may have attended the training course that Maria Montessori ran in London in 1919.
PROVENANCE: Sotheby's 18 Apr. 1984 (£550) > Anna Wyner (the sitter's daughter) > Gorringe's, Lewes, 27 Jan. 2004 (£1,500)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Parkin Gallery 1976, Leeds/Ben Uri Gallery 2003

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