New Since Last Update
Hills of Galilee,
Corner della Ca' Grande,
Stop the Press
Sotheby's auction of May 19, 2004 brought
some big money for Sargent's art. Robert
Louis Stevenson and His Wife, one of the more famous of his up
for sale realized $8,800,000 (US) at the hammer price with buyer's premium.
That would be a cool million-eight more than what was anticipated.
Casino developer Steve Wynn and his wife, Elaine, were the buyers and they
plan on hanging it in their new casino, Wynn Las Vegas.
There were six works total and all
went above estimated price. A personal favorite of mine was "Madame
Roger-Jourdain", which went for $2,696,000; an oil from his Venetian
Studies called "Venetian
Courtyard" got $5,608,000; a watercolor "Drying
Sails" brought $321,600; A "mug" of Mrs.
Reginald Grenville Eves went for $90,000; and a "mug" of
Letters to the Editor
I don't know
if you saw any part of the Bill Clinton speech, with regards to his portrait
unveiling [on the 12th of June] he said he wanted to thank Simmie
Knox, the artist for making him part of history, and more specifically
pointed out that his favorite portrait in the white house is of Teddy
Roosevelt, painted by JS Sargent, and the next one he loves is
R. by Lasslo, I thought that was a great acknowledgment. (go
I wonder if anyone knows the contents of Sargent's library--was
it ever documented? (go
to) I have a hunch about the Carrara
trip, but I don't want to share it until I can further verify it.
Finally--did Sargent write any poetry? (go
Editor's Note - such good questions. In fact
so good it made me reorganize my Forum Section (go
There have probably been 50 paintings of the Spanish Dancer
by my fellow students. It is one of my favorite paintings (I have done
it twice)! [But what is the actual size? -- anyone?] (go
I'm the archivist at Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester,
UK). We have a pencil sketch by Sargent of a former violin student, Lena
Kontorovich. It's not an amazing piece of art but...(go
I was recently in Venice, and there is a canal side to
the Scuola di San Rocco, and it is quite possible to see exactly where
JSS must have been to paint this watercolor.
Since I live in Los Angeles a small group is planning
a trek to the Hammer to gaze upon dear Sam Pozzi's beautiful face. I'd
love to bring a wreath but I don't think the people at
the museum would go for it. . . . (go
Dear Natasha, Out of curiosity - why are some of the charcoal
drawings called "mugs" and others are not? (go
" . . .was just looking at the
piece on Dr Pozzi. . . . Not only is Sargent learning from his contemporaries
as you mentioned with Whistler but he is constantly testing his own limits
and growing. (go
Sat, 22 May 2004
Perhaps you remember my interest in
Augustus John's "Princess
Bibesco" . . . After 24 years my wife and I finally had a chance
to [see a drawing Sargent did of her] (go
to) [also] I'm sending an image of another Augustus John oil he
did of her in 1919 (go
Wendy & Gordon Hawksley
Sunday, April 25, 2004
We were in Broadway yesterday and made
a special point of photographing Russell House for you, as we promised
many months ago
<Tc ur tS17@aol.com>
May 18, 2004
Hi Natasha, my name is Tim Strasser
and I'm a relative of John Singer Sargent's. My mother's maiden name is
Sargent and we have the genealogy book of the Sargent Family to prove it
to). . . .
Mon, 10 May 2004
"Seeing an exhibit of Sargent's work
In LA just set a direction for my path."
Robert Van Valkenburg
<gra fva firstname.lastname@example.org>
Saturday, April 17, 2004
Was browsing around some of my bookmarks
and came back to the Richard Morris Hunt site. Hunt has been a God of mine
ever since I first visited the Breakers in 1960 at the age of 13. I would
like to tell you that I would be happy to supply you with a much better
picture of the Breakers than the badly back lit one you are now using on
the site. I have some really lovely ones taken in the morning light which
are much more flattering to this greatest of all houses. Also I am sad
to report to you that what you have labeled as Willie K's Fifth Avenue
Chateau designed by Hunt is in fact William Henry Vanderbilt's double mansion,
a block south built shortly before and designed by John B. Snook. 640 Fifth
Ave., the house on the left was remodeled in 1915 by Horace Trumbauer and
became the last great Vanderbilt house in NYC, the home of Grace Wilson
Vanderbilt, who lived there until about 1945. David Garrard Lowe will be
repeating his fine lecture on her at the MMA on May 11th.
Robert Van Valkenburg
What's New Index
The Edwardians: Secrets and
6/ 3/ 2004
The National Gallery of Australia currently has an exhibit
entitled "The Edwardians: Secrets and Desires," which opened there March
12 and will close June 14. Here is the link to the NGA Web site for an
introduction to the exhibit: [note audio accompanies some of the paintings
-- it's fantastic] (go
There are several Sargent works on display as part of
the exhibit - Lady
Evelyn Cavendish (later the Duchess of Devonshire; 1902); Lord
Ribblesdale (1902); Sir
Frank Swettenham (1904), The
Fountain at Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy (1907); and Almina,
Daughter of Asher Wertheimer (1908).
In addition, there are two other works in particular which
I think will make great additions to the JSS Gallery. First, the Exhibit
includes a Boldini's portrait of Lady
Florence Phillips (1903). Second, there is Philip Wilson Steer's
portrait of Mrs.
Violet Hammersley. I have admired this portrait for years in black
and white, so it was great to finally see it in color. It ties in with
Sargent well as it is considered a fine example of "the grand manner" portraiture
at which Sargent so excelled (e.g. The
Duke of Marlborough and Family, 1905, etc.). In addition, the sitter
in the portrait, as always, has a Sargent connection: the sitter's brother-in-law
was Hugh Hammersley, whose
wife had been painted by Sargent in 1892.
This is one of those I've been meaning to e-mail you about
for some time; sorry it took a while to get this to you.
Isabella Stewart Gardner
the Palazzo Barbaro Circle
April 21 - August 15
A Tale of JSS' Forgeries
have been dozens if not hundreds of paintings that were executed in Sargent's
lifetime that caught his signature - not always in an attempt to deceive".
Do you remember this sentence in a
letter from Elizabeth
Oustinoff on March 26, 2001? I've found in the memoirs of an old
Roman antiquarian, a nice little story referring - I believe - to the early
beginnings of the 20th Century. It would be interesting to learn which
painting (a Venetian Channel) and which wealthy American women are dealt
John Singer Sargent The
Late Portraits: Complete Paintings (Volume III)
New Section added "Just Blotted"
As the Co-maniacs becomes a more filled "newspaper",
I've decided to to try to help you out so you're not having to scan over
everything looking for dates; and I've added the "Just Blotted" section
which will always be prominent at the top of the page. It will be there
where I will post new entries which will stay there until the next news-day
entry and then they will be moved into the body of the page.
If you are logged in to be notified of changes, a quick
scan of "Just Blotted" should tell you everything you need to know.
After continued program coed problems with the new
Board, many e-mails writing back and forth between Jon Aymon
and I (who has been working with me on this) Jon has generously offered
to host the forum at his website -- thank you Jon. He has given me the
keys and it should be appear nearly seamless for you -- the reader. We
are both pleased with the outcome and I am especially tickled to be partnering
with yet another wonderful Patron of the JSS Gallery.
A New Forum Discussion Board
Thanks to Jon Aymon we have a
workable useable newbie friendly discussion board -- take a look. (go
to) which is imbedded in the old form here (go
John, who is a programmer from
San Jose, California, and a big fan of Sargent writes: "Every discussion
board requires visitors to figure out a few things, [this one] seems to
require them to figure out the fewest." (go
E-mail for Patrons
As a benefit for helping me, I'm thrilled that I
can now offer Patrons,
Key Patrons E-mail service, if you so wish. There is no cost
to you. This is a thank you for helping me. If you would like to have
your e-mail to be [YourName]@jssgallery.org, just contact me and
tell me you’d like this and I’ll set it up for you.
With your new e-mail, messages can either be viewed at
a web-based screen or forwarded to any other e-mail account you wish.
The web based e-mail works similarly to the free
yahoo accounts or the hotmail accounts but WITHOUT the annoying ads.
The size of the accounts are set at 20 Megs of space.
Maybe a nice benefit to becoming a Patron,
Key Patrons the benefit includes a free web space for a personal
Like any newspaper, The Co-maniacs
will live and die with advertisers. This addition of the Co-maniacs is
brought to you by the friendly people of the Family
Sewing Machine Co.
Regarding the layout, I've decided
to hide the links completely in order to make the page look more like a
real newspaper. However, getting me to a more clean layout may just confuse
people tremendously -- so I italicized the links which give somewhat of
a clue, though admittedly not a very good one given this font. I don't
know. I think I'll let this run for a while and see what happens. I would
love to get feed back on this. Is the lack of obvious links a problem?
The Old Doesn't Just Fade
Well, let me tell you. The great experiment
with the blog program came crashing down in a big bubbling blazing blob
of burning bites. Everything that was written and published in the
Co-maniacs since December 2003 is gone and gone forever -- as if it never
existed. It wasn't quite my doing, although I'm sure I probably had something
to do with it. I never could get the thing to work right. I mean,
I suppose I could have dropped everything and totally immersed myself in
learning what would have been like a new program language, but what good
is that when nothing was ever getting published up on the net. Anyway,
as you can see I'm back to web publishing the old fashioned way -- in a
manner of speaking, quill to paper scratching it out long hand.
In it's wake, though, you can see how
the whole thing was suppose to look -- well . . . . .like this.
Besides fighting the blog wars, the
front against the spam bots (is this starting to sound like a science fiction
book? If you're coming on late, in chapter one the spam bots were
dumping huge amounts of spam on our heroine -- that would be me -- using
my own website's Contact
Form Program to send out even more spam in my name all over the
world -- now isn't that a lovely thought?) I'm happy to report I've turn
the corner on spam. As you will see, if you happen to write me, I have
a new e-mail address and a new Contact
Form which is coded to be out of reach of the spam bots.
Joan P. Jackson
(Quoted from The Times, London, Thursday
October 1, 1896)
Yesterday afternoon. Mr. A. Braxton
Hicks, the Mid-Surrey coroner, held an inquiry at the local board offices,
Wimbledon, with reference to the death of Mr.
FEDERICK BARNARD, the well-known artist in black and white,
who was suffocated in a fire which occurred on Saturday last at Abermaw,
Merton-hall-road, Wimbledon. Mr. C. W. Langford, solicitor, attended to
watch the case on behalf of Mr. Ambrose Myall, a gentleman interested.
Alice Barnard, of Wemman-house, Wenman-road, Hampstead, said the
deceased was her husband, from whom she was separated. He was 50 years
of age. (go
The Ormond Family
As an aside, you will know John's sister
Violet married Francis Ormond in 1891,
and since both John and his other sister Emily never had any children,
the nearest decedents to John Singer Sargent were Violet's six children
(three boys and three girls). Having discovered a painting by Emily Sargent
(See Other Artists) thanks to Michele Lener, I just found an account of
the of the Ormond family by John Singer Sargent's great nephew Richard
Ormond. This is so good, in fact it is so exceptional a find -- filling
in holes in my understand of Violet's husband and her children, that I'm
getting this up to you before I've even finished it myself. Though the
cover letter is in Italian, it translates well into English using Google
and the rest is English (go
Marguerite Renet Ormond (go to)
to Matt Davies I know that Sotheby's London sold off
a pair of de László portraits, Sir
Robert Gresley, eleventh Baronet, and his wife, Lady
With the help of Joan Powell Jackson
I have added information on the artist
M. Barnard (go to).
Joan also writes: "I have just read
the note from Darby concerning Elizabeth Asquith [in your letters to the
editor] (go to).
I have recently learned that Elinor was in Washington D.C. in March of
1922 painting the 21 month old daughter, Priscilla, of Elizabeth Asquith
Bibesco and the Prince.
Joan P. Jackson
I remember her being English and I
remember her as being "old" --- I now know she was 68. . . .Elinor told
[my sister] she would draw Charlie McCarthy's picture if she would "behave".
. . .[she knew] Tennesse Williams and Eugene O'Neill.
Some of the most fun I have building
the JSS Gallery is in bringing the various artists together and showing
a connection. I'm really pleased that people seem to understand that and
are always sending me tidbits and leads to do just that. Today I got a
quick letter from Michele Lener about a painting that Sargent's
sister Emily did. I knew she painted but had never seen one of
her works before -- thanks Michele (go
David Brown has written me about a
Giovanni Boldini painting he has called "Princes
Radziwill with red ribbon" (go to).
In my continuing efforts to understand
Cancale and what Sargent painted there, I have added paintings by Stanhope
Alexander Forbes (go
to) and Henry Herbert La Thangue(go