The Breakfast Table

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American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
The Breakfast Table, 1883 - 1884
Former Title: Miss Violet Sargent
Former Title: La Jeune Fille dans la salle à manger
Former Title: Miss Millet at Breakfast
19th century
Oil on canvas
54 x 45 cm (21 1/4 x 17 11/16 in.)
framed: 70.5 x 61.6 x 5.7 cm (27 3/4 x 24 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.150
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
signed: l.r.: à mon cher ami Besnard / John S. Sargent
inscription: l.r., paint, in artist's hand: a mon cher ami B[esnard].
Gift of the artist to Albert Besnard, 1883-84; purchased from him by Hector Brame, 1931; purchased from him by Knoedler and Co., July 1931; purchased from them by Anna R. (Mrs. John D.) Mills, May or June 1935; purchased from her by Knoedler and Co., October 1935; purchased from them by Grenville L. Winthrop through Martin Birnbaum, October 1935; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Frederic Fairchild Sherman, "Some Early Paintings by John S. Sargent", Art In America (June 1933), vol. XXI, no. 3, pp. 94-99, p. 96; repr. p. 97

Martin Birnbaum, John Singer Sargent, January 12, 1856-April 15, 1925: A Conversation, William E. Rudge's Sons (New York, NY, 1941), p. 29, repr. in b/w p. 50

Fogg Art Museum and Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Real and Ideal in American Art, exh. cat., (Cambridge, MA, Summer 1948), cat. 26

Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, W. W. Norton & and Company (New York, NY, 1955), no. K853, p. 445

David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1956), p. 113, Check List of Sargent's Portraits; repr. as fig. 8, p. 23

Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors, Harper & and Row (New York, NY and London, England, 1970), p. 32; repr. in color, fig. 32

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. 116, ill.

Louise Todd Ambler and Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "American Painting at Harvard", Antiques (New York, NY, November 1972), vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 876-883, pp. 877, 879, fig. 9

Edwin Austin Abbey, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT, 1974), p. 60; p. 19, fig. 14

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

Marc A. Simpson, "Two Recently Discovered Paintings by John Singer Sargent", Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (New Haven, CT, Fall 1980), vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 6-11, repr. in b/w fig. 5, p. 10; text p. 9

Carter Ratcliff, John Singer Sargent, Abbeville Press (New York, 1982), repr. fig. 6, p. 13

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Abbeville Press/Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1985), reproduced in color, fig. 12, p. 26

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), p. 185, cat. 211, ill.

Trevor J. Fairbrother, John Singer Sargent and America, Garland Publishing, Inc. (New York, NY, 1986), p. 199, n. 8

Warren Adelson and Stanley Olson, Sargent at Broadway: The Impressionist Years, exh. cat., Universe/Coe Kerr Gallery (New York, NY, 1986), repr. p. 36

Kate F. Jennings, John Singer Sargent, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1991), repr. in color, p. 18

Portrait de l'Artiste, auct. cat., Bob P. Haboldt & and Co. (Paris, France, 1991 - 1992), pp. 222-223; repr. p. 223

Barbara Scott, "Letter from Paris: The Artist in his Studio", Apollo (November 1991), mentioned p. 360

Trevor J. Fairbrother, John Singer Sargent, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1994), pp. 56-57, repr. in color p. 54

Warren Adelson, Sargent Abroad: Figures and Landscapes, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1997), repr. in color p. 17, fig. 7

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: The Early Portraits, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1998), pp. 79 - 80, repr. in color p. 79, cat. no. 74

Elaine Kilmurray and Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent, exh. cat., Tate Gallery Publishing Limited (London, England, 1998), p. 29, reproduced in b/w fig. 30

Jean Strouse, Alice James: A Biography, Harvard University Press (Cambridge MA, 1999), repr. on cover

Warren Adelson, Jay Cantor and William H. Gerdts, Childe Hassam: Impressionist, Abbeville Press (New York, NY and London, England, 1999), fig. 21

Thomas Otten, "Slashing Henry James (On Painting and Political Economy, circa 1900)", The Yale Journal of Criticism, Yale University (New Haven, CT, Fall 2000), vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 293-320, pp. 310-311, repr. in b/w p. 310

Elaine Kilmurray and Richard Ormond, Sargent e l'Italia, exh. cat., Ferrara Arte SpA (Ferrara, Italy, 2002), repr. fig. 18; detail repr. fig. 19

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), pp. 472-474, cat. 207, ill.

Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 46, cat. 33, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., ed. Stephan Wolohojian The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), pp. 458-60, cat. 207, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), ill. p. 168

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. 302-04, cat. no. 318, reproduced in color, p. 303

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2012), p. 98 (note 6)

Exhibition History
Unidentified Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1934, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1934 - 05/31/1935
Loan Exhibition of Interiors and Paintings of Interiors, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 06/19/1934 - 07/19/1934, no. 49
Paintings and Watercolors by John Singer Sargent, R.A., M. Knoedler & Co., Newport, 08/19/1935 - 09/03/1935, no. 11
Real and Ideal in American Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1948 - 09/01/1948, 26
American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972, 116
Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977
Modern Art at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/1985 - 01/05/1986
A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003, 207; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003, 207; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004, 207
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 -
Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011