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Miss Eleanor Brooks
(Daughter to Mrs. Peter Chardon Brooks)

Close-up of hand on statuary

Mrs. Peter Chardon Brooks
(nee Sarah Lawrence)
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.
Oil on canvas
126.37 x 101.92 m (49 3/4 x 40 1/8 in)
Signed upper right: John S. Sargent 1890


From: Antiques and Fine Art
Mrs. Peter Chardon Brooks, whose maiden name was Sarah Lawrence, lived from 1845 to 1915. She was the daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Appleton and noted manufacturer and philanthropist Amos Adams Lawrence, for whose family the Massachusetts city of Lawrence is named.

In 1890, Sargent painted this portrait of Mrs. Brooks; he also painted portraits of her husband Peter and their daughter Eleanor. This portrait was recently given to the Peabody Essex Museum by several donors who wish to remain anonymous.The Brookses were avid collectors of art, and Mrs. Brooks is shown surrounded by some of their neoclassical accessories. Seated before a small circular table known as a gueridon en anthenienne, in her right hand she is grasping a bronze figure of a nude female, probably Victory.






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