THIS WORK WAS ORIGINALLY ACQUIRED BY ELMER M SERGENT AND GIFTED TO PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON IN 1969. ATTACHED TO THE VERSO IS THE ORIGINAL LETTER FROM PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON IN THE WHITE HOUSE LETTER THANKING MR. ELMER SARGENT FOR GIVING HIM THE PAINTING DURING HIS STAY IN SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA. THIS PAINTING IS SIGNED VERNET; HOWEVER, THERE'S WRITING ON THE VERSO FROM RUTH SARGENT DATED 5/15/72, BELIEVED TO BE THE DAUGHTER OF MR.
ELMER M SARGENT, STATING THAT HELEN HAFER AND VERNET ARE ONE OF THE SAME. THIS CAPTIVATING PAINTING HAS A HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT HISTORY, BEING OWNED AND HOUSED IN PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON'S PRIVATE COLLECTION.
JUDGING BY THE LETTER, THIS PAINTING MOST LIKELY HUNG IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND PACKED IN RICHARD NIXON PERSONAL PROPERTY UPON LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE. FEEL FREE TO MAKE AN OFFER. PROVENANCE: PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON WHITE HOUSE THANK YOU LETTER. CONDITION REPORT: EXCELLENT OVERALL CONDITION.
MILD SCRATCHES TO THE FRAME AS SHOWN. IT DOES NOT DETRACT FROM ITS BEAUTY IN ANY WAY.
DIMENSIONS INCLUDING THE FRAME: 32"W x 26.5"H. DIMENSIONS WITHOUT THE FRAME: 24"W x 18"H.
Helen Luton Hafer (1914 - 2003) was active/lived in California. Helen Hafer is known for California landscapes, still life painting. Helen Luton Hafer was born in California on July 19, 1914.Hafer was a painter of California landscapes and still life works. By the early 1920's she had settled in, and was active in Southern California. She studied at the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles, and privately with Harry Emerson Lewis. For many years Hafer was the Director of Arts for the Orange County Fairs. She taught art at YMCA's in both Orange and Santa Ana, California. In her latter years she lived in San Juan Capistrano, California. Hafer exhibited widely in Southern California. She was a member of the Palm Springs Art Association, Desert Art Center in Palm Springs, Whittier Art Association, Orange County Art Association, and the Laguna Beach Art Association.
She died in San Clemente, California on May 18, 2003.