Emily Sargent to Vernon Lee September 22, 1880
(Emily Sargent to Vernon Lee, September 22, 1880, Miller Library, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, quoted in Ormond p. 95 n. 32 quoted in Hills, p. 49)
"He expects to remain in here indefinitely, as long as he finds he can work with advantage, . . . has taken a Studio in the Palazzo Rezzonico, Canal Grande, an immense house where several artists are installed, . . .where one of his Paris friends has also taken a room to work in"
The Paris Friend was Ramon Subercaseaux, Chilean consul to Paris who was an amateur painter himself. Sargent had painted his wife in 1880.
“The months of September and October  passed in their [the Sargent’s] delightful company, occupied by art and excursions.”Ramon Subercaseaux Memorias de Ochenta Anos: Recuerdos Personales, Critica, Reminiscencias Historicas, Viajes, Anecdotas, Vol. 1 (Santiago, 1936), pp. 388-9; quoted in Olson’s book, p.80
Madame Ramon Subercaseaux
Oil on canvas
165.1 x 109.9 cm (65 x 43 1/4 in.)