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I've long been a fan
of Singer Sargent's work and your site has helped my appreciation of
that with such a comprehensive chronology of his work.....being an
artist myself I can appreciate a little more what I see in his work
Some time ago I
promised to obtain a photo of the charcoal sketch of Mrs. Cockerell.
[Here she is]. (go
[As you may remember
my interest with the artist John William North] I am ashamed to draw
attention to my pathetic web pages - they will improve!
I am doing research
for a fictional work based on the painting The
Daughters of Edward Darley Boit . . . I was wondering
if you [and the Co-maniacs] could name some historical books which
would have good background/ descriptions of the world of 1880s-1920s
London / Paris / New England (late Victorian, in other words.)
Attached is an
interesting article I recently found on de László. This one is
different from most of the other articles on de László I have passed
you, as it focuses on his life more so than on his specific works.
It gives some neat little tidbits about his hobbies (e.g. golf) and
his home life:
“The Who’s Who Painter” (Private Lives, No. 137: Philip de László) (go
to the Editor
F. Clason Kyle
I would very much like to see the
portrait of Edwin Booth that Sargent painted. It is in the Players
in N.Y.. and Mr. Booth "played" the Springer Opera House here in
Columbus in 1876. (go
I'm sending you another Sam Medal,
this time one that features him in profile...what a gorgeous man he
I wanted you to know
that I LOVE your pics of San Marco. I intend to link to this site
for my college music appreciation students.
Editor's Note - 50 bonus points to those
who can guess why.
I am returned from
Cancale [and I have an answer to the question.] (go
ago I wrote to you about working on a painting of a young boy. After
a few long months the painting is finished, and as I promised, I’m
sending you a picture of it complete.
The fog was just
right yesterday to form a frame for this picture
to) Editor's Note - what is the
relevance you ask?
would be on the grounds of yet another "Sargent
Gallery" which, it so happens, is a
copy of a building in France which, it turns out, just
happens to house the
honour in France, which,
surprisingly enough, was awarded to . . . you guessed it --
Sargent in 1889 -- see how that works?
Elizabeth Asquith as a child
An artist you might want to add to your
list: Clarence R. Mattei
As has happened so
often, where there's some de Laszlo research to be done, there
follows some Sargent tidbits as well.
purchased a copy of an old book by
H. Montgomery Hyde entitled Londonderry
House and its Pictures (Cresset Press Ltd., London,
1937). On page 60 of this book it gives an entry for each of three
works that were then in the possession of the family of the
Marquess of Londonderry.
I am an enthusiast of
Cancale . . .You are interested in the label on the postcard [of the
lighthouse at Cancale from my website] . . . I am pleased
that you also have taken this picture to explain the paintings of
John Singer Sargent. . . [I have the translation of the label
Michael Del Priore
I have had the privilege in seeing and
working in Sargent’s
studio at 33 Tite St.
personal friend of Richard Ormond (Sargent’s Great Nephew) and Julian
(Owner of 33 Tite Street).
I've been trying to
obtain a copy of the 1926 article "The Real John Singer Sargent, As
His Valet Saw Him" . . . Our reference librarian says it is .
. .from the Boston Evening American, February 7, 1926.
I told you that Frederick
Barnard's father was a silversmith. Well, here is one
of their pieces. William Barnard [also a silversmith] is Elinor
Barnard's grandfather who was dead by 1851. These pieces show
up on ebay from time to time. (go
Wendy & Gordon
We have come
across the attached Sargent painting of Dr
Morton Prince on some recent research - we are not sure whether
you have seen it (go
Michael & Susan
about as much as we know [regarding Sargent's paintings of the Rollers]
You are most
certainly on the right track and I, and many of my artist friends, are
most appreciative to be able to see such a compendium of Sargent's
Alice Faraday Barnard's family (go
Barnard, Alice's oldest child, died in 1891 (go
to send a lovely little bio
about Sam [Pozzi] and another, more complete biography about Catherine,
daughter. They had a very strained relationship and she was
to her mother. (go
What's New Index (current)
Boldini's, Loomis' for that matter!) ...It lives
here (go to).
- a more direct link here
(go to) ]
The major part of his technique (if I may add IMHO) was pure VISUAL
ANALYSIS. His detachment from "emotional content" and virtuosity in
rendering the superficial are what set him apart. Quite simply (and
at a level no one else had achieved thus far) he knew; right
colour... right place.
Great Expectations: John Singer Sargent Painting
Brooklyn Museum of Art
October 8, 2004—January 16, 2005
the Palazzo Barbaro
April 21 - August 15
Late Portraits: Complete Paintings (Volume III)
Portugal; 1903; Poperinghe:
more studies added to Apollo in His Chariot with the Hours,
Studies added to Classic
and Romantic Art ,
Head of a
Neopolitan Boy, 1879;
Head of a
Neopolitan Boy in Profile, 1879;
Six Studies for Gassed, 1918;
Study for 'The Spanish Dance' 2
Carrara: Little Quarry, 1911;
Carrara: Quarry I,
Interior of the Cathedral, c 1903;
John W. Cummings, 1917;
Study of Polly Barnard for 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose', c.
of Sally Faiirchild, 1887;
Room, ca. 1883-86;
Rose Trellis, 1886;
A Rose Trellis
(Roses at Oxfordshire), c.1886;
Two Girls In a
Carrying Water, 1891;
of Lancelot Allen, 1894;
Bologna, c. 1906;
Santa Maria della
Dr. Fitz William Sargent,
(nee Mary Newbold Singer),
A better image of
Anthony Asquith with some biographical info comes along
about the same time as another possible painting . . . . maybe
Anthony by Elinor M. Barnard and feed back by
What makes it all worth while
The past month has been spent
learning the new ways of doing things on the internet, with a lot of
help from Jon Aymon who as been a close partner – a kindly teacher
-- an adviser - a friend -- hanging in the background, feeding me
hints and helpful code here and there – all in the effort to keep
the JSS Gallery fresh and relevant. Unfortunately, a lot of this
goes on behind the scenes – Jon and I are – in effect – keeping the
Not exactly exciting stuff for you
though and I get frustrated sometimes by the slowness of it all.
Rarely do I have time to look up (meteorically speaking – surfing
the web for fun outside my Sargent focused project) but today I did
and I found something which lifted my spirits tremendously – an
accolade unsolicited and not intended for my eyes. On August 20,
2004 this was what was written:
Dear Vanessa --
(. . .) I'm going to be exploring Natasha Wallace's John Singer
Sargent Virtual Gallery for a long, long time, here. Natasha's site
is beautifully done, informative, and enlightening labor of love, as
well as one of the best examples I've seen yet of a book-like -- but
better -- online arts publication. (. . . )
Who is Vanessa? Who is Michael? Oh-my-god, my heart went pitter pat.
Well, if you believe what they write, then they are two blowhards
who have come together to jointly write about passions, interests
and obsessions in their lives, only THIS blog has an unusual twist
of couching it in the form of letters to one another.
Nicely done guys, I like the
gimmick and it's fun to read. So what would two blowhards call such
a Blog,? Why 2blowhards.com of course -- Check it out
True measure of worth: Friends
Many moons ago Andy Holzopfel told
me about a new website which had some astounding images of artwork
online including Sargent’s. What Andy gave me was a hot tip for
sure, and I would have normally jumped all over it. I don’t know why
things sometimes sit on my desk and move glacially slow but in this
case maybe I wanted to write this guy and see if I could enlist his
help for what he has done with a camera – amazing stuff. Well
I finally did write and he said it was ok. This is major stuff and
after you see the photographs and read a little bit about Lee
Sanstead you will understand why I am so excited about him being a
Friend of the JSS Gallery.
How about some examples:
The Sphinx and Chimaera (go to)
Apollo and the Muses (go to)
Athena Protecting (go to)
Princeton American Wing
To name just a few and there are so much more at his site - Check it
out (go to)
JSS Gallery Hits Snag
A recent problem in coding has been brought to my attention
and the fun of building new pages has to be slowed (and I realize it
wasn’t exactly breathtakingly fast to begin with) in order to correct a
"You ought to know Mr.
The Original Conjuring Cat -
(There can be no doubt about that).
Please listen to me and don't scoff. All his
Inventions are off his own bat.
There's no such Cat in the metropolis;
He holds all the patent monopolies
For performing surprising illusions
And creating eccentric confusions. . . ."
I Saw Andrew
Lloyd Webber's musical
"Cats" based on T.S. Eliot's book of poems last Sunday and loved it!
But the point of all this is that Mr. Mistoffelees (or should I say
David Hyde, a JSS Gallery Friend
) just materialized in my mailbox and brought back the What's New
from December 2003 through April 2004 from the deep dark abyss
of cyberspace -- oh my goodness!
"From Mr. Mistoffelees'
Away we go!
And we all say:
Cat so clever
Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!"
cool cat! Thank you David! (go to)
The 1904 St. Louis Exposition
The St. Louis World’s Fair, also known
as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, opened on April 30, 1904, to
international acclaim. (go
| Carolus Duran Exhibit
I found some
time ago -- pages covering an exhibit a while back on
Carolus-Duran. Not sure if you have seen this before or not. (go
[Navigation through the
website-exhibit is a little confusing, however. These are the main
A Spirit Crushed
On the 18th
of December 1891, Frederick and Alice
Faraday Barnard's only son Geoffrey,
who was employed as an artist with his father, died at the age of
twenty -- his father was by his side.
Inconsolable, Frederick resorted to self medication of narcotics. Although by
1896 his art was the most successful of any time, his personal life
was falling apart and as
late as June, he and Alice had separated. Over the next four months
"looking old, and feeble for a man of his age," and suffering from
chronic sleeplessness, Frederick tragically died in a fire -- an
accident of his own making.
certificate [of Geoffrey] arrived today. It states as follows (go to
four articles on de László article, largely relating to
the exhibit held back in January at Christie's. Some of the information
is a bit repetitive, but each article has something a little bit
different to say. (go
two other de László articles; these two are more
contemporary to his life (and death). The first is an obituary,
titled simply “Philip
de László,” from The Art Digest: The News and
Opinion of the Art World, December 1, 1937, p. 10. The second is an
article written by his friend and fellow-artist, A. L. Baldry, entitled
A. de László: An Appreciation,” from The London
Studio, February 1938, p. 83-86. (go
Reconsidering Cecilia Beaux and John Singer Sargent
By Sarah Burns
"I N CONSIDERING THE
LIFE AND CAREER of Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942), it seems impossible to
ignore or discount the fact, and the effects, of gender. . . .
Although most of her many admirers and critics gave full credit to
her talent, . . . they almost invariably ranked her a notch below
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) . . .,
"It is time to
revisit these two contemporaries, and to reconsider the dynamics of
their careers relative to one another."
I am wondering whether Sargent
would like his personal history kept confidential. Just a thought.
You know, I sometimes think that some artists use there art as their
way of speaking; perhaps it is the most comfortable way for them to