-- American painter
loan to the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
71.1 cm (22 x
image to Step
Sargent painted his
friend and artist
Dwight Blaney. This would be one of Sargent's last scene paintings.
Dwight Blaney several times on Ironbound Island, and made at least 7
there, only 2 of which I found on your site-- 'On the Verandah'
& 'The artist sketching' (both showing his friend and fellow
. . Both . . . were painted on Ironbound Island, Dwight Blaney's
summer home in Maine, where a number of fellow artists visited him. See
the article 'Dwight Blaney: An American Impressionist' in
Art Review, vol. 19, no. 1(Jan-Feb, 2002),p.184-187.
lies in Frenchman Bay, about 3 miles East of Bar Harbor, ME.
died in 1944, though the family still goes there seasonally. The
big house (the one in 'On the Verandah' [Thumbnail]) burned the
summer of 1944. A log cabin stands on the site today.
'On the Verandah'
Blaney & his wife Edith with their 2 daughters Elizabeth (l) and
I have been told
that Edith was the
photographer of the photo of Sargent on Dwight's yacht [Thumbnail].
that Sargent, who always like to paint under a large parasol/umbrella,
had no place to put the parasol on board the boat, so he tied it to his
leg, with supporting stays to various parts of the boat. Several of
lines are visible in the photo.
I am currently
researching his life
and work, and I hope to live long enough to see it published. The
in American Art Review gives a short biography of Dwight.
Stillinger has a chapter
on Dwight in her book The Antiquers (NY: Knopf, 1980), 105-112.
She, of course emphasizes his role as an antique collector of American
antiques. Dwight was interested in all kinds of craftsmanship, whether
painting, woodworking, silver, etc.
Perhaps, in view of
the fact that
these two JSS paintings show the painter Dwight Blaney, you might
him in your list of artist friends of Sargent.
Note - What
a great idea)
* * *
(1865-1944) was from
Salem and Boston. He became a well-known draftsman, authority on
and a gentleman artist. He was a graduate of the Chauncy Hall School in
Boston and later associated with the Carnegie Institute (Marblehead
An Exhibition -- Whitney
Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987
Smithonian Archives of American Art has Dwight Blaney papers, [ca.
Parke Bernet Galleries Sale Catalog: No. 1175, 1950, lot 620.
McKibbin, David, "Sargent's Boston," Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1956.
Date: Friday, December
Enjoyed your site
will enjoy exploring it further. JSS visited my grandfather Dwight
several times on Ironbound Island, and made at least 7 paintings there,
only 2 of which I found on your site-- 'On the Verandah' & 'The
sketching' (both showing his friend and fellow artist
Dwight Blaney). Would
to know where 'On the Verandah' is currently? I'm looking forward to
the rest of the gallery!
All I know is what
we see here. What
can you tell us about what the family knows about Sargent's
I don't know the
owner of the painting.
From: Alan Murgida,
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2001
Thank you for
taking time to read
I once saw a
portrait by JSS of 'Elizabeth
Blaney' of Boston and am interested if you can direct me where I might
find prints/reproductions of the painting. I saw it in the home of Mrs
G Frank Cram (nee, E.B.) of Marblehead MA (General Glover House).
She also had sketches by JSS in a great tome that greeted guests that
them on their island home off the coast of Bar Harbour ME. (Guests
sign the book. Poets would scribble limericks/rhyme. And, painters
sketch.) She was a girl of approximately age 12-16, I believe, at the
the painting was made. It's almost a full portrait of her seated at a
beside the fireplace in the manor of the island home. It had somber
except for her sailor's blouse and bright face. She would tell me
of her childhood, and, although I lost touch with her many years ago, I
would like to see the picture once again. With much appreciation should
you have any thoughts or knowledge of the painting or prints.
December 18, 2003
The portrait of
mentioned by Alan Murgida was not painted by JSS, but rather by
Paxton, another good friend of Dwight's, in 1916. The painting
exhibited at the MFA in Boston in 1986 and a color photo of it
in the catalogue of that exhibition [The Bostonians: Painters of
an Elegant Age, 1870-1980, (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1986),
15]. I don't know whether any posters of it are available, as the
painting was sold after her death.