MT: sepia print on paper, glazed within original wooden frame (24x18 / F:25x19x1)
TX: signed with ink pen at lower left center of picture in Greek <NELLYS / ATHENS>, inscribed with fountain pen at lower right diagonally <To my beloved family / Milios / K Kotzias / 12.6.935>, stamped at rear center in French <ATELIER / ARTISTIQUE / Nelly's / 18 RUE D'HERMÈS / ATHÈNES>, inscribed at center left vertically <N 113>
CM: Nelly's created the Portrait of Athens Mayor Costas Kotzias at her studio on 18 Ermou Street, Athens. At the time Kotzias was serving his term as the city's Mayor. His face is characterized by its typical short-cropped moustache and the bald forehead. This bust portrait presents Kotzias in a dark space under soft light from above. He wears a dotted scarf and has a handkerchief at his jacket's breast pocket.
Costas Kotzias was born in 1892. He studied law in Athens. He was president of the Commercial Club of Athens and president of the Hellenic football federation. In 1920 had issued the 'Chronicle' newspaper. In 1934 he was elected Mayor of Athens. In 1936 he served as Minister of the capital. In 1941 the King of the Hellenes appointed him to form the government, but Kotzias declined. In 1951 he was re-elected Mayor of Athens. The same year he died of a heart attack.
Nelly's was close to the Kotzias family in Greece but also in the United States. In her Self-Portrait Nelly's publishes an undated photograph from a party of Mari Vryonidou in New York. The hostess and Alexander Iolas kneel before Kotzias, beside him sits the sculptor Polygnotos Vagis, and standing behind them is the mother of actor Telis Savalas, Katerina Kotzia, her son Panagiotis, and of course in the background appears Nelly's [Nelly's 1989, p. 275]. Nelly's admitted that the Seraidari couple was obliged to Kotzias because they helped them when there was lack of housing in New York: "In our house, fortunately we were, there at least, fortunate. When Mr and Mrs Costas Kotzias were leaving for Athens, they left their apartment of 91st Street to us, with the obligation for us to host their youngest son Panagiotis, who was still attending Harvard, so that it would seem occupied by themselves; because otherwise they would loose it." [Nelly's 1989, p.275]