John Singer Sargent --
pencil on board
53.5 x 36cm
(21 x 14
my friend Eliza
Miss Eliza Wedgwood
the famous porcelain manufacturing family, a personal friend of his
Emily and John and she accompanied them on some of their trips. John
her a number of times such as Miss Wedgwood & Miss Sargent,
(1908) and Mosquito Nets (1908).
But what I've grown
love so much
about John's water colors is the degree in which he can express so much
with an economy of strokes making his water colors just amazing.Portrait
of Miss Eliza Wedgewood is such a good example of this.
The following is
from a personal
account of Mary Newbold Patterson Hale, a cousin of John's in Boston.
To see one
water colours in the making always reminded me of the first chapter of
Genesis, when the evening and the morning were the first day, order
from chaos, and one thing after another was created of its kind. Having
chosen his subject and settled himself with the sunshade, hat and
paraphernalia all to his liking, he would make moan over the
of the subject and say, "I can't do it," or "It's unpaintable," and
"Well, let's have a whack at it."
and after what looked like a shorthand formula in pencil was on the
the most risky and adventurous technique would come into play, great
of colour would go on the paper with huge brushes or sponges, and
of "Demons! Demons!" or "The devils own!" would be heard at intervals.
All the time the
picture was growing
surely, swiftly; he worked through to the end, only stopping when it
a subject where light and tide changed before he could get it all in,
two "goes" were necessary.
World Today, November 1927
- See the
Eliza Wedgwood (the sitter, gift from the artist)
Elinor Allen (by descent from the above)
Private Collection, England (gift from the above)
By descent in the family (sold: Sotheby's, London, December 3, 1998,
lot 49, illustrated in color)
David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, New York
Acquired from the above, 1999 to the Estate of Elly and Jock
Sold Sothebys' Session 1, 23 May 07 10:00 AM., New
YorkLOT 12, from the the Estate of Elly and Jock Elliot, Hammer
Price with Buyer's Premium: 324,000 USD (estimated
Sold at Sothebys;