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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Tamara Karsavina in the Title Role of "Thamar"
Other Titles
Former Title: Portrait of Madame Karsavina as Thamar
Work Type
c. 1911-1912
Physical Descriptions
Charcoal heightened with white chalk on white paper
59.7 x 45.2 cm (23 1/2 x 17 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: charcoal, l.l.: To Lady Ripon/ John S. Sargent
  • label: back of frame, paper: 5981.
Lady Ripon; [Scott & Fowles, New York], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, 1924, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1942.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, Class of 1886
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Martin Birnbaum, John Singer Sargent, January 12, 1856-April 15, 1925: A Conversation, William E. Rudge's Sons (New York, NY, 1941), p. 52, repr.

"Alumni Notes", Harvard Alumni Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, February 7, 1942), reproduced p. 318

David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1956), p. 104, Check List of Sargent's Portraits

Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski and Thea Jirat-Wasiutynski, "The Uses of Charcoal in Drawing", Arts Magazine (October 1980), vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 128-135, p. 131, fig. 8

Trevor J. Fairbrother, Sargent Portrait Drawings: 42 Works by John Singer Sargent, Dover Publications Inc. (New York, NY, 1983), cat. 20

Jane Dini, "The Artist as Choreographer: Sargent's Murals at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston", American Art (Fall 2002), vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 11-29, p. 18-19, repr. fig. 8

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits, Yale University Press (New Haven CT and London England, 2003), under no. 490

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