Althea by John White Alexander, 1895. Private Collection.
John White Alexander is primarily known as a portraitist who created beautiful, languid portraits of the young society women in his circle. He achieved success in France where he received many honors, as well as, in the US where he painted many luminaries of the day including Walt Whitman, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, and John Burrows. The Smithsonian Archives of American Art has made his papers available online.