From: Wendy & Gordon Hawksley
gw @ wha wksley. fsnet.co. uk
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002
This painting is said to have been a wedding present from JSS to his childhood friend, Benjamin del Castillo.
From: Wilfredo Fernandez
W Fe rn firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Dec 19, 2005
I am a member of the family of Benjamin Nunez del Castillo, now in Miami since 1964.
Sargent was indeed a long time friend of my cousin Ben, Madame x was a cousin of his [Ben's] on his mother side of the family, and according to family info, Sargent was sort of inlove with her. The desendants of Ben are all italians and thats where they are, they still hold several of his paintings.
I am trying to obtain copies of the portraits of my family, laura spinola nunez del castillo and her son rafael, by Sargent, I have no addresses of his dessendants in Italy. I have a good copy of Laura and have seen photos of the painting of Rafael which was stollen years ago, but have never seen the painting of Benjamin, he was a cousin of my grand father. My name is Wilfredo Gabriel Fernandez-Nunez del Castillo.
Special thanks to Wendy & Gordon Hawksley, of Sheffield, England, friends of the JSS Gallery, for sending me a note regarding where to find this image.
Sargent and Italy, 2002-2003