31, 33 Tite
This is Sargent's Tite
He first took a lease here in June of 1885 and it would remain his home
the rest of his life.
13 Tite Street,
later changed to
33 Tite Street (the building on the right). He would eventually
to 31 Tite Street (to the left) in 1900, combining both by cutting a
in the wall and he would use 31 as his residence and keep 33 as his
From: Bert --
the Pragmatic Romanticist
Date: July '00
wrote 3 letters over 4 months]
remarkable who all lived
with a moments walk of JSS. Peter Warlock the composer lived on the
street as did - as you know - Oscar Wilde and Whistler. Mark Twain was
nearby on his stay in London. Turner lived around the corner. Milne -
Winnie the Pooh creator walked down Tite Street on his way to school as
a boy. Ian Fleming placed James Bond's home a few streets away. Mick
has lived in the neighbourhood. Both Turner and Whistler painted the original
Battersea Bridge. I've got the address and pricing of a flat
to rent for tourist at the north end of the street. It's an enchanting
area from all I can gather ........ god, I want to go
I will before I perish..... The man who lives at 33 Tite Street now,
Barrow, is also an artist.
The National Army
Museum and the
Royal Hospital are directly north east of 33 Tite Street. The whole
is bathed in a bohemian history that beckons ever so seductively
I can't stop researching but wonder about the merits of all this and
the hell am I going to present it. Who cares......I'm having
. . . I
continue more research
on the Tite Street / Chelsea project . . . You've no idea how
whole thing has ballooned and I'm loving the areas it takes me to. I've
bought a useful Michelin map of London at a decent scale that gives
by block house numbers making it very useful for isolating locations.
all this I'm inhaling facts and figure by osmosis which will hopefully
pour out in a cogent web site some day when my work permits. At one
I had over 75 books out from the library directly related to the whole
venture. It is a joyous sojourn and gives me a rationale to read and
it the most diverse and perverse of books.
Item One - JSS
on Tite Street
was Sargents Assitant -- what gives?
I read the
showed artistic talent
early, exhibiting (for the first of forty times) at the Royal Academy
eighteen and graduating on a scholarship from London's Royal College of
Art in 1911. While still a student, Cooper entered a competition for
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was one of the judges. . . .
by the young artist's work, Sargent voted for Cooper, who came in
Fortuitously, Sargent asked Cooper to work with him at his studio, the
famous 31-33 Tite Street in Chelsea which had belonged to James McNeill
Whistler (1834-1903). Cooper spent about a year there as Sargent's
doing backgrounds and details for his paintings. What the master passed
along to his disciple is evident on our cover.
I have not found any
references to Layton
in any Sargent book but am fascinated that someone else had a hand in
masters work. Which ones did he assist in? What role did Cooper play?
is he never mentioned in any of the literature?
Item Two -
Princess Diana in Tite
As you know, I've
found out that
Julian Barrow - an artist - is the current resident of  Tite Street.
Apparently he loans
out the studio.
From: The Artist
was in Chelsea, by the River Thames, which was outside the city and
Many other artists, including J. Whistler, Boldini,
Furse and later, Augustus John, were also moving in that direction due
to the growth of the city. . .
studio is not a
museum and is privately [occupied] by Julian Barrow. He has lived there
over thirty years and knows much about the history of Sargent and
from that area. Barrow is an accomplished landscape painter and
He is quite English – pleasant but private. Occasionally, he will loan
out the studio for sittings, such as Nelson Shanks' painting Princess
or Margaret Thatcher
Diana at  Tite
While painting the
of PRINCESS DIANA in 1994, U.S. artist Nelson Shanks says, "I had to
into account the fact of her life--she was being barraged from all
and the fantasy-land situation just didn't exist any longer." The
can see the portrait for the first time when it goes on view at New
City's Hirschl & Adler Galleries next week as part of an exhibit of
Brits painted by Americans. Shanks, 58, found Diana both pensive and
saying, "Physically, she's no shrinking violet--she's very strong
and, I think, mentally as well." Before sittings began, Shanks assumed
that they would take place in Kensington Palace, where the Princess
A friend had offered him the use of a studio in Chelsea, and, he
"I gave her the option, and she said, 'Oh, let's do it there. I'd love
to get out of here.'"
International, April 22, 1996 Volume 147, No. 17)
I've looked at
various pictures of
the Tite Street studio trying to match what one sees at the right side
of the picture below with little luck. Still, I'm fascinated that the
and famous are still getting their "paw traughts" done at Tite
Thatcher and Diana portraits done at 33 Tite Street)
Take a look at some
of Nelson Shanks
work. This man is marvelous
Item Three -
is my work going
on my Sargent in Tite Street site?
trapped in research
however, come up with
a name for it (at least it's today's name) My current mood is to name
Why? Read on.
From the book "Walks
in Oscar Wilde's
was indirectly responsible
for Wild's choice of Tite Street as a site for the house he built to
in with his bride. During the short period Wilde had shared Tite Street
quarters with Miles, he witnessed Ellen Terry arriving at the Sargent's
nearby studio, costumed for his famous portrait of her as Lady
Macbeth. Wilde wrote "The street that on a wet and dreary morning
vouchsafed the vision of Lady Macbeth, in full regalia magnificently
in a four wheeler, can never be as other streets; it must always be
of wonderful possibilities."
Michael Del Priore
I have had
the privilege in seeing and
working in Sargent’s
studio at 33 Tite St.
personal friend of Richard Ormond (Sargent’s Great Nephew) and Julian
(occupant of 33 Tite Street). (go
Del Priore -- Painting
Richard Ormond in Sargent's Studio 33
Tite Street Chelsea, London