Sargent Sketching in the Alps 
Henry Tonks, British Painter
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Here we have Tonks's good friend: Sargent sitting on his stool with his paint box and easel as one of his helpers manipulates a rocking horse. Sargent would always say that he could only paint what he saw. This was a poke in the ribs for when Sargent actually took a stuffed gazelle to the Alps in 1908 to use as a prop -- one painting done this way was The Hermit. The strings, of coarse were a joke showing Sargent trying to paint a living  animal from a prop. 

John Singer Sargent 
The Hermit (Il Solitario)  

Created 10/24/2002