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Agnes Reed-DeSomery (Supplied Title)
A three quarter, bust length portrait of a woman with strawberry blonde hair wearing a deep blue dress with white details at the neckline and wrists. The sitter wears a heavy necklace, bracelets, and a ring. The background is red orange.
Content Category: paintings
Physical Support: canvas
28 1/2 inches height (frame)
24 3/4 inches width (frame)
Painter: Ashford, Frank
Necklace pictured in painting is in Minnesota Historical Society collection, ID Number 1998.46.15, http://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display.php?irn=10386769.
Gift of the estate of Agnes Reed-DeSomery.
AV1998.16 (Accession Number)
76229 (Negative Number)
According to her obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Agnes was a fashion designer in Minneapolis most of her life. In 1927 she opened her first store, Agnes Reed Shop, at 65 S. 10th St. in the Handicraft Building. At the time the building was referred to as "Minneapolis' Greenwich Village" because of the many artists located there. Frank Ashford was a renowned portrait artist and painted many elected officials, judges, and even President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace. The connection between the two creatives is not known. Frank Ashford died in 1960. More can be learned about him at www.frankashford.com