of Marion Roller
Sargent -- American
44.5 cm (23
1/2 x 17 1/2 in)
To my friend Nettie John S. Sargent
Madge, is the
daughter of Nattie
and Harold Roller.
From: Michael Roller
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004
I had an interesting e-mail a while ago from someone called
Tony Hirtenstein, who is Netty Huxley's great grandson! He had come
across my my e-mail address at the [Mrs. Frederick William Roller's page].
setting out a few excerpts from his e-mail below that may be of
You may already know about the website he references.
"My grandmother (Marian or Madge)
described sitting for the Sargent painting as a young child of four, in
1893. She hated it, and something of her intensity comes across in the
painting (though she said it was more a sketch than a painting).
The painting hung in my mother's living room until 1990, when it was sold in New
York. I distinctly recall seeing the year 1893 written on the
"I see from an Internet
search against [Major George Conrad Roller, Marian's uncle's] name that
"... he ran a firm of picture restorers
and framers in London with his brother George, an artist and
illustrator." The source given for this is "Elaine Kilmurray,
text on Sargent's painting of Joseph Comyns Carr and Nettie Huxley in a
Boat, written May 1989 for the exhibition
Twenty Important Works from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century at
Peter Nahum's, 5 Ryder St, London."
Susan Roller, of the UK, friends
of the JSS Gallery, for sending along some excerpts from Tony
Date of Painting
source of image
didn't date the painting.
CMM and the SIRIS site both date the painting as 1902.
11/29/90; Lot 67;