Study for Seated Musicians for "El Jaleo"

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American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Study for Seated Musicians for "El Jaleo", c. 1882
19th century
Creation Place: United States
Oil on canvas
61.3 x 81.1 cm (24 1/8 x 31 15/16 in.)
framed: 77.5 x 97.2 x 7.6 cm (30 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 3 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.153
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
The Harvard Art Museum owns a number of drawings by Sargent relating to this theme, including 1937.8.2, 1937.8.12 (pen and wash sketches of dancer with seated figures), and 1937.8.22, a version of the figure at the left of this composition. The finished painting is at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Gift of the artist to Jules François Gabriel Renaudot, Paris; to his wife, Mme. Renaudot (at his death?); her sale, Christie's, London, June 24, 1927, lot 83; purchased by Leslie Milne or Mulne, London; sold at Christie's London, June 27, 1931, lot 93; Gooden and Fox, London; Scott and Fowles, New York; purchased by Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, 1932 [Winthrop paid $3000]; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Evan Charteris, John Sargent, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1927), p. 282

Martin Birnbaum, John Singer Sargent, January 12, 1856-April 15, 1925: A Conversation, William E. Rudge's Sons (New York, NY, 1941), p. 57, repr. in b/w

Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, W. W. Norton & and Company (New York, NY, 1955), no. K8222

Richard Ormond, "Sargent's El Jaleo", Fenway Court, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA, 1970), p. 15

Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors, Harper & and Row (New York, NY and London, England, 1970), p. 238

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 115, ill.

John Singer Sargent, His Own Work, exh. cat., Coe Kerr Gallery, Inc. (New York, NY, 1980), in checklist, unpaginated

Mary Crawford Volk, John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1992), catalogue no. 48, p. 188, reproduced in color p. 189

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2006), no. 774, repr.; p. 268, no. 5

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 298-99, cat. no. 316, reproduced in color, p. 299

Exhibition History
American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972, 115
For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004 -