Sargent's  "W. Graham Robertson"  and Whistler's "Montesquiou" in Juxtaposition (Frontpage)  (Thumbnail Index)
W. Grahm Robertson 
John Singer Sargent 

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Arrangment in Black and Gold:
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
James Abbot McNeill Whistler 
(first exhibited 1894) 

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Sargent's  "W. Graham Robertson"  and Whistler's "Montesquiou" in Juxtaposition

When John Singer Sargent went to the Salon of the Champ-de-Mars and saw Whistler's painting and the critical stir it was causing, he was mortified by the similarity and grew upset over the thought that critics would obviously think he copied Whistler. 

According to W. Graham Robertson, apparently some did.  

Whistler started his painting in London in the spring of 1891, but only finally finishing the next summer in Paris. Apparently few knew about it until Whistler exhibited it in '94.  

(See Robertson's account of this) 


Why the difference between Sargent images 


By:  Natasha Wallace
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Created 1/10/2003


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