John Singer Sargent -- American painter
Charcoal on white paper, "Mug"
61 x 47.6 cm (24 x 18 3/4 in.)
Inscribed, signed and dated: "To my friend Mrs. Swinton/John S. Sarsgent 1906"
Jpg: Wendy & Gordon Hawksley
John had painted Elsie Swinton (Mrs. George Swinton) in 1897. Elsie had married Captan George Swinton two years previous ('95). The Swintons were friends with a number of painters including Sargent. Others of note were William Orpen -- who did a family portrait for the Swintons, and Walter Richard Sickert. (1)
Sargent was an admirer of
singing voice and he attended a concert which she gave in 1906 to
her career as a professional singer. The Swintons approached Sargent
doing a promorional drawing of her. He replied on May 17th:(1)
(Exhibition catalouge "John Singer Sargent and the Edwardian Age, Leeds", London and Detroit, 1979, p 79; Quoted in the catalogue of Society Portraits 1850 - 1939"' )
1850 - 1939'
- this was an exhibition held at the Colnaghi Gallery and the Clarendon
Gallery in London from 30 October to 14 December 1985.
An Exhibition -- Whitney
Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987
By: Natasha Wallace
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