cm (56 1/2
x 36 1/4 in.)
Met / jasonj05
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This portrait is of
director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts -- Edward Robinson who was
director in 1902.
It is the same
would later strike the deal
with Sargent (1916) to buy Madame X for the Metropolitan
in New York. John had known Edward since the 1890's when Edward
working at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts as a curator of classical
And it was Edward that spearheaded the fund drive for continuation of
the Boston Public
murals after its first instillation in 1895. By 1902 Edward had
up to Director. In '05 he left Boston to become the Assistant Director
of the Met; and would become Director of the Met in 1910. He would
in this capacity for a long twenty-one years.
For an artist,
and influential man to know and was clearly a friend in John's corner.
In many ways Sargent gives us a portrait paying homage to this powerful
man -- a mover-and shaker in his world. Robinson must have
Museum of Art