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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Study for "Elsie Palmer" (1873-1955)
Work Type
c. 1889-1890
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 49.2 cm (30 x 19 3/8 in.)
framed: 87.3 x 59.7 x 3.2 cm (34 3/8 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.)
Dorothy Palmer, sister of the sitter; purchased from her by Scott and Fowles, New York, 1937; purchased from them by Grenville L.Winthrop, New York, February 10, 1939; his gift to the 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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Miss Elsie Palmer later became Mrs. L. H. Myers.
Publication History

Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, NY, 1955), no. 8917, p. 432

David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1956), p. 115, 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

Elaine Kilmurray and Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent, exh. cat., Tate Gallery Publishing Limited (London, England, 1998), p. 139, under no. 48

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: The Early Portraits, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1998), cat. no. 188; pp. 191 - 193, repr. in color p. 192

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the 1890s, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 2002), p. 14

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. 305, cat. no. 320, reproduced in color

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