John Singer Sargent's Duchess of Marlborough
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Duchess of Marlborough
c. 1904
John Singer Sargent -- American painter
 Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
11 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.
 Jpg: Friend of the JSS Gallery

From:  Andy Shaindlin
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Date:  Sun, 28 Nov 2004

In this quick study (1904) Sargent captures his affection for  Consuelo Vanderbilt, as well as showing his pencil technique at a simple  level. I can't help wondering just how quick and easy this sketch was for him. 

It's lovely.

About the Duchess.... I had the good fortune in 1994 to visit and go "behind the scenes" into the current Duke's living quarters. There is another sketch of Consuelo Vanderbilt, also by Sargent. It hangs on a wall in one of the corridors, it is framed in a very ordinary and not very interesting way. It is similar to the one [above] - I have not seen it in any book or catalog or exhibition or anything. It is clearly by Sargent and may have been done at the exact same time as the
one on your site.

[I hope] some day we can learn more  about this other gorgeous sketch. Again, it captures her personality and his style - and his affection for women - and it so deserves to be seen!

Best regards,

Andy Shaindlin

Duke of Marlborough Family
(9th Duke)



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