-- American painter
21.6 cm (10.7"
x 8.5 in.)
back of canvas inscribed “To my friend Louise from John S. Sargent.”
Kenneth D. Robertson
Edward Burckhardt and her Daughter Louise
Pointy was a mongrel owned by John Singer Sargent's close friend Louise
Burckhardt. Edward and Elizabeth Burckhardt, and their two daughters,
Louise and Valerie, were expatriates living in Paris. Sargent painted
each member of the Burckhardt family between 1880-1885, and the present
picture was painted from sketches Sargent made during one of his
visits. It was a gift from the artist to the family along with a sketch
of Louise's sister and a half-length of her father done in 1880. A
romance between Sargent and Louise, perhaps initiated by Mrs
Burckhardt, developed in the early 1880s and there was talk of an
engagement, but prospects of marriage had disappeared by
1883 and Louise married Roger Ackerley, an Englishman, in 1889.
Sargent's portrait of Louise from 1882 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New
York) won considerable acclaim at the Paris Salon and added
immeasurably to Sargent's reputation.
by descent to Valerie Burckhardt;
by descent to Mrs. May Hadden Robertson, Ridgefield, Connecticut;
by descent to Kenneth D. Robertson, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1972;
by descent to William A. Robertson; Sotheby's, New York, 12 April 1991,
R. Ormond and E.
Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent, The Early Portraits, New York,
1998, p. 65.
saile Christies Jun 22,
York, Rockefeller Plaza. Lot # 0059, sale number 1932, estimated 60,000
- 80,000 U.S. dollars
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