(portrait of Louise Burckhardt's dog)
John Singer Sargent -- American painter  
Private collection 
Oil on panel
 27.3 x 21.6 cm (10.7" x 8.5 in.
 inscribed “Pointy”; back of canvas inscribed “To my friend Louise from John S. Sargent.” Mrs. Kenneth D. Robertson
 Jpeg: Christies, Askart.com

Mrs. Edward Burckhardt and her Daughter Louise 

From Christies
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.



Louise Burckhardt, Paris;
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, lot 70.


R. Ormond and E. Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent, The Early Portraits, New York, 1998, p. 65.


Offered for saile Christies Jun 22, 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza. Lot # 0059, sale number 1932, estimated 60,000 - 80,000 U.S. dollars

Sold Sotheby's; 4/12/91; Lot 70; $34,100  

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Created 2/26/2001