The Shade Hat (1912). William McGregor Paxton (American, 1859-1941). Oil on canvas. National Arts Club.
Founded in 1898, the National Arts Club quickly became one of the country’s most prestigious associations. Early exhibitions reflecting the club’s liberal views on morality made it faintly notorious and its progressive nature was underscored by the fact that it included women as members from its inception. Paxton was granted life membership in exchange for a work ‘valued at not less than one thousand dollars.’