John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) Lady Poole (Michelle Peveril Le Mesurier)
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- January 27, 2017 4:00PM
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)
Lady Poole (Michelle Peveril Le Mesurier)
Signed "John S. Sargent" l.l., dated "1913" l.r.
Charcoal on paper, 23 5/8 x 18 7/8 in. (60.0 x 48.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Paper affixed to paperboard support around the edges of the reverse, but not fully laid down, acid burn to edges of the sheet, with a partial label from Chapman Brothers, Carvers, Gilders, and Frame Makers (London), on the frame backing.
Provenance: Lady Poole, United Kingdom, 1913; to her daughter Mrs. Charles Larcum; to her daughter M.E.A.W. Rowe until 1981; to Sotheby's London, June 10, 1981, as lot 33, illustrated p. 24; through to the estate of Elaine Sargent (Mrs. Daniel Sargent) , New York.
Literature: David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston: With an essay & a biographical summary & a complete check list of Sargent's portraits (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1956), p. 116.
N.B. This charcoal drawing has been accepted by the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné as a genuine work by the artist. We would like to thank the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné for assistance in cataloguing this charcoal.
John Singer Sargent remained in great demand throughout his career as a portrait artist for the leading individuals of his day. Over time Sargent came to prefer making charcoal drawings of his subjects. He could complete these portraits relatively quickly, often in one sitting, and the medium was very well suited both to his technical virtuosity and his adeptness at capturing his subject. Between 1910 and 1925 Sargent made over 500 such portrait drawings, while limiting his oil portraits to under thirty (1).
1.Sargent Portrait Drawings, Forty-two Works by John Singer Sargent, Selected and with an introduction by Trevor J. Fairbrother (New York: Dover Publications, 1983), unpaginated.
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