Weir was a proficient portraitist and welcomed the extra income the work provided, but his depictions of those closest to him, such The Rest featuring his daughter Edith Dean Weir, are imbued with a warmth and spirit that transcend a mere faithful rendition. A writer and a painter of miniatures who earned her certificate from Yale in 1898, Edith was also an accomplished violinist and enjoyed a close relationship with her parents before marrying the Reverend James DeWolf Perry in 1908. Her father must have been pleased with his portrait of her, exhibiting it at the National Academy in 1902 and at both the Pennsylvania Academy and the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
The painting retains its original frame.
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By descent through the artist’s family
- (white chalk, top stretcher) Edith Dear Weir (Perry)
- (pencil on left side of frame) John F. Weir
- (on frame) Pennsylvania Acad - / emy of the Fine Arts / 73d Annual Exhibition / 1904 / Title: The Rest / Artist: John F. Weir / Address: New Haven / Conn. / Return Address: (same)
- (on frame) Department of Art / Louisiana Purchase Exposition / St. Louis, 1904 / Artists’ Label / Artist: John F. W—(torn) / Artist’s Address: Yale School of Fine Arts / New Haven, Conn. / Subject: “The Rest” / Price, if for sale: $1000 / Owner: Artist / To be returned to: John F. Weir / Yale School of Fine Arts New Haven CT (74 written in blue on label)
- John Ferguson Weir: The Labor of Art, by Betsy Fahlman, (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1997), illustrated p. 150.
- The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art, edited by Marian Wardle (Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 2011), illustrated p. 144
- The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, November 18, 2011 – May 19, 2012 (this exhibition then Traveled to the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, June 30 – September 30, 2012, and the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, October 20, 2011 – January 20, 2013.)
- Exhibition of Paintings by John F. Weir 1841-1926, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut, May 15 – 31, 1962 (the paintings were lent by the Reverend DeWolf Perry)
- Exhibition of Paintings at the Providence Art Club, Providence, Rhode Island, 1915
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 73rd Annual Exhibition, January 25 – March 5, 1904, No. 544, The Rest
- Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World’s Fair), St. Louis, Missouri, April 30 – December 1, 1904
- National Academy of Design 77th Annual Exhibition, New York, York, 1902, No. 292, The Rest: Portrait of E.D.W.
- Exhibition of Artists Formerly Pupils of the Yale School of Fine Arts, 1901