Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Carl Adolph Weidner
Robert Loder of East Orange New Jersey,
Painted at the Age of 2
by Carl Adolph Weidner (1865-1906)
2 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)
watercolor on ivory; housed in an ornately designed ormolu (gilt bronze) frame
The son of Albert J. Loder and Emma Louise Ames, Robert Loder was born on September 29, 1891 in East Orange, Essex, New Jersey. In his 30s, he became a stock and bond broker. Achieving success in that business, he partnered with Edgar A. Clark in the founding of Clark & Loder, an investment firm located at 39 Broadway, Manhattan. The last known record of Robert Loder dates to April 25, 1942, when he registered for the draft shortly after the United States entered World War II. He was 51 years old at the time, and he recorded his home address as 60 N Walnut St., East Orange.
About the Artist: Born in 1865, in Hoboken, New Jersey, Carl Weidner was the youngest of three children born to German immigrants William Weidner and Pauline de la Douai. He studied art at the Donal Institute in New York and in Munich under Paul Nauen. He spent the majority of his painting career in New York City, where he earned particular fame for the more than 100 portraits of young New York City débutantes that he painted for the wealthy Peter Marié. An earnest exhibitor of his work, he participated in exhibitions of the Society of American Artists (New York), the National Academy of Design (New York), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia), the Society of American Miniature Painters (New York), the Paris Exposition of 1900, the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 (Buffalo, New York), the Saint Louis Exposition and the International Exposition (Munich). Listed by Benezit, Blättel (pages 952, 953).