Study for Seated Figures for "El Jaleo"

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American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Study for Seated Figures for "El Jaleo", c. 1882
19th century
Creation Place: United States
Oil on canvas
65.4 x 81.3 cm (25 3/4 x 32 in.)
framed: 80.3 x 96.5 x 7.6 cm (31 5/8 x 38 x 3 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.152
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 center of this composition. The finished painting is at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
label: back of canvas, paper, printed and typed: [printed:] Scott & Fowles / 680 Fifth Avenue / (bet. 53rd & 54th Sts.) / New York / Cable Address "Scoles, New York" / [typed:] A study for El Jaleo painted by John S. Sargent / This study was presented by the Painter to his friend Renaudot, the / Paris Sculptor, and was recently disposed of in London by Renaudot's widow 1927
label: back of canvas, paper and black ink, printed and handwritten: [printed:] Scott & Fowles / 680 Fifth Ave / New York / No. [handwritten:] 787
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 82; purchased by David Croal Thomson, London; Scott and Fowles, New York; purchased by Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, 1932 [Winthrop paid $3500]; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Evan Charteris, John Sargent, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1927), p. 282

Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, W. W. Norton & and Company (New York, NY, 1955), no. K8223

Richard Ormond, "Sargent's El Jaleo", Fenway Court, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA, 1970), p. 15, repr. p. 16 as fig. 14

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

David Sellin, American Art in the Making: Preparatory Studies for Masterpieces of American Painting, 1800-1900, exh. cat., Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington DC, 1976), p. 66, repr. p. 68 as fig. 100

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

Kate F. Jennings, John Singer Sargent, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1991), repr. in b/w, p. 9

Mary Crawford Volk, John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1992), catalogue no. 47, p. 186, repr. in color p. 187

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2006), no. 773, repr.; p. 268, no. 6

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. 315, reproduced in b&w, p. 299

Exhibition History
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 -
HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 10 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/15/2010 - 11/06/2010
HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 11 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 10/07/2011 - 11/05/2011