When Miriam Shaw attended Machon Chana in 1986, she was asked if she would help decorate the dorm for their Purim party, and she chose to do a painting of the Rebbe shlita’s mother, Rebbitzen Chana.
She had not painted during the previous 7 years after leaving college, and while doing the tempera painting on card, she decided she wanted to do a proper oil painting of the Rebbitzen and give it to the Rebbe shlita for his birthday. She had the merit of doing so, and that painting is currently in the Rebbe’s Library.
Miriam then did a second version, the one shown here, and this one currently hangs in the Machon Chana dorm on President Street (which is the building in the painting). Noteworthy is that several years ago there had been a fire in the dorm, but no harm came to the painting. B”H.