John Singer Sargent's Miss Elsie Palmer
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 Miss Elsie Palmer
John Singer Sargent -- American painter
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 
Oil on canvas 
190.8 x 114.6 cm (75 1/8 x 45 1/8 in.) 
Jpg: local source

Miss Elsie Palmer later Mrs. L. H. Myers (1873-1955). She was the daughter of a wealthy expatriate American from Colorado.  Mrs. Palmer had rented the Ightham Mote house near Kent of which Sargent became a frequent guest. It was here that he also painted A Game of Bowls.

At this time, Sargent was far more popular with Americans and although Elsie herself was  American it would be paintings such as this that did much to break the ice with the British and eventually bring them around to Sargent style.


The Fogg museum at Harvard has two studies of this painting, the one below which is an oil and a pen and ink drawing.

Sketch of Miss Elsie Palmer (1873-1955)
c. 1889-90
Sargent at Harvard
Oil on canvas
30 x 19 3/8 in (actual)
Framed 34 3/8 x 23 1/2 x 1 3/4 in
Gift of Grenville L. WinthropJim's Fine Art Collection


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