From: a great grandson
"Ruth Sears Bacon was my great-grandmother. By the time I knew "Gagy" she was about 95 years old (she died when she was 102). Family lore has an interesting story around that picture. Apparently she was a willful little girl, and disappeared somewhere off to play when she was supposed to be getting ready for her sitting. When she was finally located, she was bundled up and plopped down onto a chair not yet properly dressed. As the family was trying to get her clothes, Sargent barked out "nobody move an inch- that's perfect" - hence the "short" dress showing leg, odd colours, etc."
"Who knows if it is true,
worth a chuckle.
From: Tim Smith
I am yet another
great-grandson of Ruth Sears Bacon. The story that appears on
your website is pretty similar to the story I heard as a child.
Some of the details may be different, but such is often the case with
ExhibitionsGreat Expectations: John Singer Sargent Painting Children; 2004-2005
By: Natasha Wallace
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