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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Frame by M. Grieve Co.
Johannes Wolff (1863-1931)
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
76.1 x 64.3 cm (29 15/16 x 25 5/16 in.)
framed: 100.3 x 87.6 x 8.3 cm (39 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.r.: John S. Sargent 97
  • inscription: upper edge, oil paint, in artist's hand: a mon ami Johannes Wolff.
  • inscription: paper tape on back of stretcher, graphite: H 30 W 25 1/4
  • inscription: back of stretcher, blue pencil: 22444
  • inscription: back of stretcher, white chalk: 14
Presumably gift of the artist to Johannes Wolff; John Levy Gallery, New York, by 1934; sold by them at Parke-Bernet, New York, November 4, 1938, lot 61; purchased at that sale by J.N. Gattle; purchased by Grenville L. Winthrop, by 1941; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

"Art: The Hundred Best Academy Pictures", The Academy (May 7, 1898), p. 504, p. 504

Royal Cortissoz, "John S. Sargent", Scribner's Magazine (November 1903), vol. XXIV, no. 5, pp. 514-532, p. 532, ill. p. 520

Mrs. Alice Christiana (Thompson) Meynell, The Work of John S. Sargent, R. A., W. Heinemann, Ltd/C. Scribner's Sons (London, England and New York, NY, 1903), repr. full page, b/w (unpaginated)

William Howe Downes, John S. Sargent, His Life and Work, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1925), p. 183

Evan Charteris, John Sargent, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1927), p. 266

Helen Thompson, American Painters Memorial Exhibition, exh. cat., College Art Association of America (New York, NY, 1934), no. 32

Percy Colson, A Story of Christie's, S. Low (London, 1950), p. 117

Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, NY, 1955), no. 974, p. 435

David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1956), p. 132, Check List of Sargent's Portraits

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

Trevor J. Fairbrother, John Singer Sargent and America, Garland Publishing, Inc. (New York, NY, 1986), p. 325

Trevor J. Fairbrother, John Singer Sargent, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1994), p. 101

Trevor J. Fairbrother, John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist, exh. cat., Seattle Art Museum/Yale University Press (Seattle, WA and New Haven, CT, 2000), p. 30

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the 1890s, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 2002), no. 341; p. 82, note 14; p. 128, under no. 342

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 Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 318-20, cat. no. 338, reproduced in b&w, p. 320

Exhibition History

Annual Exhibition, 1898, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/01/1898 - 12/31/1898

American Painters Memorial Exhibition Since 1900, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, 09/01/1934 - 09/30/1934; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, 10/07/1934 - 10/28/1934

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

Subjects and Contexts

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