John Singer Sargent -- Letters  (Frontpage)

John Singer Sargent to Edward Robinson January 1916

Edward Robinson

Madame X
(Madame Gautreau)


To get an idea of the offer John was making the Met, if the exchange rate was 3 dollars to the pound (which was probably high) a purchase price of $3,000 for the "greatest work he ever did" was nothing more than an outright gift, since the following year he did two full portraits of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. for $15,000 a piece.