Portraits are bigger than you think
The 2 life-size watercolors hang in the great court, behind the
aeolian organ, just as they hung there when Mable lived there.
Savely Sorine was a White Russian who originally painted Parisian
society portraits, and who then went on to paint the British Royal Family, including a
portrait of the then Duchess of York (1923), later Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother.
In 1948 he painted the Princess Elizabeth, now the present Queen.
He came often to the United States where he painted a number of prominent people
including Mr. and Mrs. John Ringling, Claire Boothe Luce and Wright
Ludington, from Philadelphia.