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Madame Gautreau
    c. 1883 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter
Graphite on off-white wove paper
Fogg Art Museum, 
Harvard University  Cambridge, MA     USA 
 l.r., graphite: John S. Sargent
Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Jpg: Harvard 
Studies for Madame X 
From:  Fogg Art Museum  

"In this bold drawing, characteristic of Sargent's hand, the differentiation of texture and tone has been accomplished by varying both the pressure and the direction of the strokes. Sargent has used the same pencil throughout the composition. The area of white chalk on the back of the sofa was probably used to eliminate unwanted lines." 
Grenville L. Winthrop purchased the drawing from Scott and Fowles for $750 in 1919. 


Scott and Fowles, Dealer, New York

Disposed of: 1919, Sold to Grenville L. Winthrop

Grenville L. Winthrop, Owner, New York

Acquired: 1919, Purchased from Scott and Fowles

Disposed of: 1943, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum


Birnbaum, Martin, John Singer Sargent, William E. Rudge's Sons, NY, 1941, p. 65, repr. 

Meder, Joseph, The Mastery of Drawing, Abaris Books, 1978, pl. 266 

Ratcliff, Carter, John Singer Sargent, Abbeville Press, 1982, p. 82, fig. 113 

Fairbrother, Trevor, Sargent Portrait Drawings, Dover Publications, 1983, cat. 4 


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