of Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild
John Singer Sargent -- American painter
Brunswick College Museum of Art, ME
Oil on canvas
49.69 x 46.36 cm (19 9/16 x 18 1/4 in.)
Museum Purchase, George Otis Hamlin Fund and Friends
of the College Fund assession # 1985.40
(Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild 1845-1924).
Sargent sent this painting off to be exhibited it at the New
English Art Club that same year. Mrs. Fairchild was a poet and was
a hostess of parties for artist friends. It was probably through one of
these social gatherings that John first met them. It would be Mr.
Charles Fairchild that would prompt the third portrait of Robert Louis
Stevenson by commission as a gift for his wife.
Her husband Mr.
was a Boston banker and, according to Olson, would come to handled all
of Sargent's finances
when he was in the States. It would be through Mr. Fairchild that John
had painted his brother's portrait who had been the Governor of
(Lucius Fairchild) and war hero -- the same year he painted Charles's
commission Sargent to paint the third protrait of Robert Louis
Robert Louis Stevenson