Sarah in the Summertime, c. 1947, oil on canvas, 69” x 28”
Collection of Dr. James D. Lea, Houston, Texas
“I had a snapshot of Sarah which I carried in my wallet during the whole war. It was a good picture of her, taken in the sunlight in our back yard on Raynolds Boulevard. I looked at it, homesick, all over the world. When the war was over, the first painting I began was a full-length life size portrait of Sarah in the same dress, the same pose, the same light as the little snapshot.
It was a painter’s votive offering made in the gladness of being home.”
—Tom Lea, A Picture Gallery, Boston: Little Brown and Company, p. 98.