David Hoyt, a rich American patron of arts, is traveling in Europe with his daughter, Phyllis, and makes a tour of the Paris "Quartier" in search of a struggling artist. He encounters Curtis Barton, who answers all requirements, for he is living in poverty until he finishes his picture to enter at the great salon. The Hoyts visit Barton's studio, and a love spark kindles between Barton and Phyllis. Some days later while Barton and some fellow students are waiting for news of the salon awards, one of them bursts in, exclaiming that Barton's picture has been accepted, also "the portrait of Willard." Willard is not present. Willard's painting is known as "The Lady of the Cyclamen." Barton takes Phyllis to see "The Lady of the Cyclamen," and he explains that the identity of the lady is a mystery. Phyllis is amazed to recognize the subject as an American girl. She begs Barton to take her to Ulrica, the subject, at once, only to hear that she is dead. Barton relates to her the story of the ...
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