Mahlon Andrew Sidwell (1853-1946) Oil Portrait of a Mexican Man P1178

Born in Indiana on Sept. 3, 1853. Sidwell settled in the Oakland-Alameda area in 1896. He advertised as an artist in the Oakland City Directory of 1906. In the 1930s he painted “good little sketches of a sweet and conservative nature” while an employee of the Federal Art Project. Judging by this exquisite, almost miniature, portrait, I wouldn’t agree with his modest self-assessment. It’s truly first rate. And there is something in the pose, in the look, that makes me wonder if it might not be a self-portrait in Mexican dress.

He died in Oakland, CA on July 2, 1946. As well as an artist, he was also a musician.

6.5″ x 8.5″ Framed