Portrait of Blanche P. Halow (Mrs. S. A. Halow)

Date Created
Work Medium
36 in. x 28 in.
CR Number
Signed/dated: M. Alten/1920 upper right
Signature Details
Mrs. Halow was born July 15, 1875 and died in California on Sept. 29, 1963. She was the wife of Mr. S. A. Halow (Sahlim Anthony Halow) See his portrait (MIFP679). The Halows lived in Grand Rapids in 1920, but moved to California circa 1921.

Note: This portrait of Mrs. Halow was misidentified at the Stair Galleries Auction on June 23, 2012 as being a portrait of Gertrude Atherton, apparently the well-known California writer. Mrs. Atherton, however, would have been 63 years old in 1920 when this painting was executed, Mrs. Halow, 45 years old.
Thesaurus of Geographic Names Location

Stair Galleries Auction, Hudson, NY, June 23, 2012, Lot #520

James S. Copley Library, La Jolla, CA, after 1963?

Blanche Halow collection, Grand Rapids, MI, Pasadena, CA.

Private collection


Annual Exhibition for Michigan Artists Under the Auspices of the Scarab Club

Portraits by Mathias J. Alten, Lawrence C. Earle, and Alexander Flyn


No author noted, "Michigan Artists at Best in Scarab Show," Detroit News, December 5, 1920.

Patricia Reed, Archivist/President of the Scarab Club, 2006, and Michael Crane, Assistant Curator of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Compilers, "Exhibition Records, the Detroit Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts," .

Local Art Exhibit Proves Revelation, The Grand Rapids Press?, January 19, 1921

Formal portrait