Leslie Howard by Nikol Schattenstein
Nikol Schattenstein (August 10, 1877 – September 7, 1954)
Portrait of Leslie Howard
Current Owner: Museum of the City of New York, Theatre Collection
(sources: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, New York Art Resources Consortium)
This painting was on display in the inner lobby of the Empire Theatre, New York, before the theatre was demolished in 1953.
The following quote is a description of the Empire Theatre in 1940:
Empire Theatre. Opened January 25, 1893, with The Girl I Left Behind Me.
This theatre, one of the oldest still in use on Broadway, was the home of Charles Frohman’s stock company, which John Drew headed. Maude Adams was the leading woman and Ethel Barrymore, the ingenue. Primarily a theatre of comedy and elegance. The Empire has always had the “carriage trade.” In its lobby hang a series of fine theatrical portraits.
In the outer lobby are : portrait enlargements of Gertrude Lawrence, Katharine Cornell, Leslie Howard, Helen Hayes, and a full-length oil photograph of Katharine Cornell, by Florence Vandamm; portraits of Otis Skinner by Abbe; Ethel Barrymore by Charlotte W. Fairchild; Maude Adams by Otto Sarony Co.; and a full-length oil of Margaret Anglin.
In the inner lobby are seven oil portraits: Viola Allen by Hi Hintermeister ; Ina Claire and Leslie Howard by Nikol Schattenstein; Billie Burke and Ethel Barrymore by S. de Ivanowski; Judith Anderson by M. V. Rusko; and Otis Skinned by Victor D. Hecht
(The Theatre Handbook and Digest of Plays edited by Bernard Sobel, New York, Crown Publishers, 1940)