Marquess of Londonderry, Carrying the Great Sword of State at the
of King Edward VII, August 1902 and Mr. W. C. Beaumont, His Page on
Sargent -- American
Museum of Fine
287 x 195.6 cm
(113 x 77
(click on the image
From: Boston Globe
adds a Sargent
By Geoff Edgers,
The Museum of Fine
yesterday that it has purchased the John Singer Sargent painting
''Charles Stewart, Sixth Marquess of Londonderry, Carrying the Great
of State at the Coronation of King Edward VII, August, 1902, and Mr. W.
C. Beaumont, His Page on That Occasion.''
The painting will
be on display in
the Susan Morse Hilles Gallery through Sunday. It was placed there last
month, a few months
of Edward Darley Boit
after one of the
MFA's most famous
Sargents, ''The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit'' was lent to the
Museum of Art in New York. On Aug. 13, the gallery will reopen as an
space, with both the Boit daughters and ''Lord Londonderry,'' the
shorthand name for the work.
The MFA wouldn't
say how much the
new Sargent cost, other than that it was at least $1 million. Officials
also wouldn't say where it came from, though the John Singer Sargent
Gallery (www.jssgallery.org) lists it as part of New York financier
Malcolm Rogers said
the owner's agent contacted him in early May, a day after he and Elliot
Bostwick Davis, chair of the MFA's art of the Americas department, were
discussing a hole in the museum's collection: The MFA has more than 500
Sargents, but no full-length portrait of a man.
''It's not Sargent
at his most intimate,''
says Trevor Fairbrother, a former MFA curator who acknowledges the
isn't his favorite. ''It's not the Boit girls, where there's a very
rapport with the subject matter. It's more Sargent painting an
person in an important costume, and he's an important artist. It's a
good addition for them.''
Or as Erica
Hirshler, MFA senior
curator of paintings in the art of the Americas department, puts it:
we're going to be an encyclopedic collection of Sargent, then you can't
leave out a third of his career.''
American painter who
lived from 1856 to 1925, has a special connection to Boston. Three of
murals are featured in local buildings, including the MFA, Boston
Library, and Harvard's Widener Library.
Londonderry,'' the central
figure, dressed in white, holds a massive sword firmly in his hands.
called the `Great Sword of State,' and it is a symbol of all the
of the king,'' Rogers says. ''I think it's kept in the Tower of London.
It's not quite 4 feet, but it looks pretty big.''
This story ran
on page E8
of the Boston Globe on 7/2/2003.
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Special thanks to Bert
Romanticist", a friend
of the JSS Gallery, for help with this image of Sargent's
Was in the
Collection of Henry R.
Kravis (per John Singer Sargent; Patricia Hills Whitney Museum, 1987)
to Musuem of fine Arts, Boston purchase as of July 2003. One source who
claims to have been near the transaction says the price was in the
neighborhood of 3 million.
An Exhibition -- Whitney
Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987