Elise Marie Waldau Kiralfy

Photos
(many are thumbnails - if they look bad, click to enlarge)


This is the earliest picture I have of Bolossy and Elise. 

 


A photo from the early days of courting:  
"With regards to Bollossy Kiralfy...Elise.


Another early picture, 
this one "colorized."

 

The Portrait

The story I heard about this portrait of Elise is that Bolossy was browsing an art gallery and saw this painting.  He had been away, and hadn't heard that Elise had sat for a portrait.  Suspecting an illicit liaison, he asked for the address of the artist.  He went to the studio incognito to meet the artist and ask about the portrait.  The artist said that he had never even met the "subject," - he had seen the photograph in a photography store and found it so "atmospheric" and "pensive" that he bought the photo and painted the portrait from that.  He had added the letter to add to the thoughtful atmosphere.  Bolossy bought the painting.

 

This hand-to-the-cheek pose was apparently quite popular.

After the divorce, Elise cut Bolossy out of the old family pictures.

Another family photo minus Bolossy.  Harry's head is cut off through no fault of his own, however! 

 

This picture is of Elise with family at her mother's home in Yonkers.  On the porch are Christina Brunke Waldau and her brother Henry Brunke (with his dog Porthos). Judging by children's ages, it was taken in early 1890's.  (Christina B. Waldau died in 1894.)
(click on photo to see details)

 

In about 1900 or 1901, Elise married William Lowitz.  This is the only picture I have of him.  This picture is from 1918, with baby Grace (Edith's first daughter), Elise, unknown pal in hat, and Willie Lowitz.

Marie (Rie) and Elise on the roof during a visit to NY.

 

I have another roof picture with the whole family, coming soon.

 

Willie Lowitz was a composer   Here are just a couple of his works that I've found:

Man's love - M˝nerliebe; Waltz [scores for piano and orchestra]  
by Wm. Lowitz, 
New York: Pergament, E., 1885.

Love's Mirror Waltzes (1910)

ON THE RAMPAGE - FURIOSO - SHEET MUSIC FOR PIANO
Author: LOWITZ, WM. W. - ARR. BY C.A. EGENER
Publisher: SONNEMANN MUSIC CO. INC. NEW YORK 1929

VG Softcover SHEET MUSIC - INCLUDING PARTS FOR: PIANO, 1st VIOLIN, 2nd VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, BASS, FLUTE, 1st CLARINET IN Bb, 2nd CLARINET IN Bb, 1st & 2nd TRUMPETS IN Bb, TIMPANI IN G - C, HORNS IN F, OBOE, BASSOON, AND TROMBONE. ; 4to