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 Drying Sails
c. 1902 ?
Collection of Mrs. John Hay Whitney
Watercolor on paper watercolor mounted on board
35.5 x 50.8 cm (14 x 20 in.)
signed John S. Sargent and inscribed À Leon Delafosse en admiration et sympathie


I have dated this painting 1902 -- a similar dating as another watercolor given to Delafosse. Sothebys dates the painting c. 1909, but without knowing their reasons I feel earlier might be more likely.

Leon Delafosse

This watercolor will be included in the forthcoming J.S. Sargent catalogue raisonné by Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, in collaboration with Warren Adelson and Elizabeth Oustinoff


Leon Delafosse (acquired directly from the artist; sold: Sotheby's, London, June 14, 1939, lot 53)
Milch Galleries, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Oliver Burr James, Sr., New York, 1941(acquired from the above)
Helen James Fane (his daughter), New York and San Diego, California, circa 1950 
By descent to the present owner


San Diego, California, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, 1974


Sold Sothebys, New York, 19 May 04, Session 1,  10:15 AM,  Sale N07997 lot 43, estimated 200,000300,000 USD from the collection of  Mrs. John Hay Whitney; Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  $321,600 USD 

By:  Natasha Wallace
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