Natasha Wallace, Editor
The official publication of the JSS Virtual Gallery
July-Sep 2004 
Vol. II

Just Blotted
New Since Last Update

Chris Blight

I've long been a fan of Singer Sargent's work and your site has helped my appreciation of that with such a comprehensive chronology of his work.....being an artist myself I can appreciate a little more what I see in his work (go to)

Steve Milton

Some time ago I promised to obtain a photo of the charcoal sketch of Mrs. Cockerell. [Here she is]. (go to)

[As you may remember my interest with the artist John William North] I am ashamed to draw attention to my pathetic web pages - they will improve!

The-Idyllists (go to)

Erica Rex

I am doing research for a fictional work based on the painting The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit  . . . I was wondering if you [and the Co-maniacs] could name some historical books which would have good background/ descriptions of the world of 1880s-1920s London / Paris / New England (late Victorian, in other words.) (go to)

Matt Davies

Attached is an interesting article I recently found on de László. This one is different from most of the other articles on de László I have passed you, as it focuses on his life more so than on his specific works. It gives some neat little tidbits about his hobbies (e.g. golf) and his home life:

“The Who’s Who Painter” (Private Lives, No. 137: Philip de László) (go to)

Letters to the Editor 

F. Clason Kyle

I would very much like to see the portrait of Edwin Booth that Sargent painted. It is in the Players in N.Y.. and Mr. Booth "played" the Springer Opera House here in Columbus in 1876.  (go to)

Francesca Miller

I'm sending you another Sam Medal, this time one that features him in profile...what a gorgeous man he was! (go to)

Daniel Craig

I wanted you to know that I LOVE your pics of San Marco. I intend to link to this site for my college music appreciation students. Editor's Note - 50 bonus points to those who can guess why. (go to)

Udo Dünnebacke

I am returned from Cancale [and I have an answer to the question.]  (go to)

Simone Simonian

A while ago I wrote to you about working on a painting of a young boy. After a few long months the painting is finished, and as I promised, I’m sending you a picture of it complete. (go to)

Jon Aymon

The fog was just right yesterday to form a frame for this picture (go to)  Editor's Note - what is the relevance you ask?

This would be on the grounds of yet another "Sargent Gallery" which, it so happens, is a copy of a building in France which, it turns out, just happens to house the highest distinguished honour in France, which, surprisingly enough, was awarded to . . .  you guessed it -- Sargent in 1889 -- see how that works?

Joan Jackson
Elizabeth Asquith as a child (go to)

Sheila D'Amico

An artist you might want to add to your list: Clarence R. Mattei (go to)

Matt Davies

As has happened so often, where there's some de Laszlo research to be done, there follows some Sargent tidbits as well.

 I recently purchased a copy of an old book by H. Montgomery Hyde entitled Londonderry House and its Pictures (Cresset Press Ltd., London, 1937). On page 60 of this book it gives an entry for each of three works that were then in the possession of the family of the Marquess of Londonderry. (go to)

Udo Dünnebacke

I am an enthusiast of Cancale . . .You are interested in the label on the postcard [of the lighthouse at Cancale from my website] . . . I am pleased that you also have taken this picture to explain the paintings of John Singer Sargent. . .  [I have the translation of the label for you] (go to)

Michael Del Priore

I have had the privilege in seeing and working in Sargent’s studio at 33 Tite St. I’m a personal friend of Richard Ormond (Sargent’s Great Nephew) and Julian Barrows (Owner of 33 Tite Street). (go to)

Tony Perez

I've been trying to obtain a copy of the 1926 article "The Real John Singer Sargent, As His Valet Saw Him" . . . Our reference librarian says it is  . . .from the Boston Evening American, February 7, 1926. (go to)

Joan Jackson

I told you that Frederick Barnard's father was a silversmith. Well, here is one of their pieces. William Barnard [also a silversmith] is Elinor Barnard's grandfather who was dead by 1851. These pieces show up on ebay from time to time. (go to)

Wendy & Gordon Hawksley

We have come across the attached Sargent painting of Dr Morton Prince on some recent research - we are not sure whether you have seen it  (go to)

Michael & Susan Roller

Attached is about as much as we know [regarding Sargent's paintings of the Rollers] (go to)

Steve Moppert

You are most certainly on the right track and I, and many of my artist friends, are most appreciative to be able to see such a compendium of Sargent's works (go to)

Joan Jackson

More on Alice Faraday Barnard's family (go to)


Geoffrey Barnard, Alice's oldest child, died in 1891  (go to)

Francesca Miller

Just wanted to send a lovely little bio about Sam [Pozzi] and another, more complete biography about Catherine, his daughter. They had a very strained relationship and she was much closer
to her mother.
(go to)

Natasha's What's New Index (current)

Sargent's Technique Lives

(Zorn's, Sorolla's, Boldini's, Loomis' for that matter!) ...It lives here (go to).

[Editor's Note - a more direct link here (go to) ]

The major part of his technique (if I may add IMHO) was pure VISUAL ANALYSIS. His detachment from "emotional content" and virtuosity in rendering the superficial are what set him apart. Quite simply (and at a level no one else had achieved thus far) he knew; right colour... right place.

Coming Soon

Great Expectations: John Singer Sargent Painting Children
Brooklyn Museum of Art
October 8, 2004—January 16, 2005

Now Showing!   
Gondola Days: 
(An Exhibition)
Isabella Stewart Gardner and 
the Palazzo Barbaro Circle
April 21 - August 15

New Release 

Sargent's Women

John Singer Sargent The Late Portraits: Complete Paintings (Volume III)

Paintings Added

Corfu: Cypresses, 1909; Evora, Portugal; 1903; Poperinghe: Two Soldiers, 1918; more studies added to Apollo in His Chariot with the Hours, Studies added to Classic and Romantic Art , Head of a Neopolitan Boy, 1879; Head of a Neopolitan Boy in Profile, 1879; Six Studies for Gassed, 1918;  Edith French, 1901; Study for 'The Spanish Dance' 2 c. 1880; Carrara: Little Quarry, 1911; Carrara: Marmo Statuario, 1911; Carrara: Lizzatori II, 1911; Carrara: Quarry I, 1911; Cordova: Interior of the Cathedral, c 1903; Portrait of John W. Cummings, 1917; In Switzerland, 1908; Study of Polly Barnard for 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose', c. 1885; Portrait of Sally Faiirchild, 1887; My Dining Room, ca. 1883-86; Landscape with Rose Trellis, 1886; A Rose Trellis (Roses at Oxfordshire), c.1886; Two Girls In a Punt, 1889; Bedouin Women Carrying Water, 1891; Bedouin Women, c.1891; Portrait of Lancelot Allen, 1894; Melon Boats, c. 1905; Mending a Sail, 1905; Fountain at Bologna, c. 1906; Santa Maria della Salute, 1907; Dr. Fitz William Sargent, 1886; Mrs. FritzWilliam Sargent (nee Mary Newbold Singer), 1887

A better image of Anthony Asquith with some biographical info comes along about the same time as another possible painting . . . . maybe Anthony by Elinor M. Barnard and feed back by Paul Darby (go to)

Natasha's Blog 

What makes it all worth while

The past month has been spent learning the new ways of doing things on the internet, with a lot of help from Jon Aymon who as been a close partner – a kindly teacher -- an adviser - a friend -- hanging in the background, feeding me hints and helpful code here and there – all in the effort to keep the JSS Gallery fresh and relevant. Unfortunately, a lot of this goes on behind the scenes – Jon and I are – in effect – keeping the infrastructure sound.

Not exactly exciting stuff for you though and I get frustrated sometimes by the slowness of it all. Rarely do I have time to look up (meteorically speaking – surfing the web for fun outside my Sargent focused project) but today I did and I found something which lifted my spirits tremendously – an accolade unsolicited and not intended for my eyes. On August 20, 2004 this was what was written:

Dear Vanessa --

(. . .) I'm going to be exploring Natasha Wallace's John Singer Sargent Virtual Gallery for a long, long time, here. Natasha's site is beautifully done, informative, and enlightening labor of love, as well as one of the best examples I've seen yet of a book-like -- but better -- online arts publication. (. . . )



Who is Vanessa? Who is Michael? Oh-my-god, my heart went pitter pat. Well, if you believe what they write, then they are two blowhards who have come together to jointly write about passions, interests and obsessions in their lives, only THIS blog has an unusual twist of couching it in the form of letters to one another.

Nicely done guys, I like the gimmick and it's fun to read. So what would two blowhards call such a Blog,? Why of course --  Check it out (go to)

True measure of worth: Friends

Many moons ago Andy Holzopfel told me about a new website which had some astounding images of artwork online including Sargent’s. What Andy gave me was a hot tip for sure, and I would have normally jumped all over it. I don’t know why things sometimes sit on my desk and move glacially slow but in this case maybe I wanted to write this guy and see if I could enlist his help for what he has done with a camera – amazing stuff.  Well I finally did write and he said it was ok. This is major stuff and after you see the photographs and read a little bit about Lee Sanstead you will understand why I am so excited about him being a Friend of the JSS Gallery.

How about some examples:

The Sphinx and Chimaera (go to)
Apollo and the Muses (go to)
Athena Protecting (go to)
Princeton American Wing (go to)

To name just a few and there are so much more at his site - Check it out (go to)

JSS Gallery Hits Snag 

A recent problem in coding has been brought to my attention and the fun of building new pages has to be slowed (and I realize it wasn’t exactly breathtakingly fast to begin with) in order to correct a problem (go to)

Mr. Mistoffelees

"You ought to know Mr. Mistoffelees!
The Original Conjuring Cat -
(There can be no doubt about that).
Please listen to me and don't scoff. All his
Inventions are off his own bat.
There's no such Cat in the metropolis;
He holds all the patent monopolies
For performing surprising illusions
And creating eccentric confusions. . . ."

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T. S. Eliot

London: Faber, 1939 (1962)

I Saw Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical
"Cats" based on T.S. Eliot's book of poems last Sunday and loved it! But the point of all this is that Mr. Mistoffelees (or should I say David Hyde, a JSS Gallery Friend ) just materialized in my mailbox and brought back the What's New from December 2003 through April 2004 from the deep dark abyss of cyberspace -- oh my goodness!

"From Mr. Mistoffelees' Conjuring Turn.
      Away we go!
         And we all say: OH!
            Well I never!
            Was there ever
            A Cat so clever
               As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!"

What a cool cat! Thank you David! (go to)


The 1904 St. Louis Exposition
The St. Louis World’s Fair, also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, opened on April 30, 1904, to international acclaim. (go to)

Carolus Duran Exhibit
Matt Davies

I found some time ago -- pages covering an exhibit a while back on Carolus-Duran. Not sure if you have seen this before or not. (go to)

[Navigation through the website-exhibit is a little confusing, however. These are the main pages:]

Training, Travel, References, portrait, Friendships, Family, Landscape, Success, Famous Paintings, Critical Fame, Rebirth

A Spirit Crushed
Frederick Barnard


On the 18th of December 1891, Frederick and Alice Faraday Barnard's only son Geoffrey, who was employed as an artist with his father, died at the age of twenty -- his father was by his side. Inconsolable, Frederick resorted to self medication of narcotics. Although by 1896 his art was the most successful of any time, his personal life was falling apart and as late as June, he and Alice had separated. Over the next four months "looking old, and feeble for a man of his age," and suffering from chronic sleeplessness,  Frederick tragically died in a fire -- an accident of his own making.

Joan Jackson

The death certificate [of Geoffrey] arrived today. It states as follows (go to



Other Artists

de László
Matt Davies


Here are four articles on de László article, largely relating to the exhibit held back in January at Christie's. Some of the information is a bit repetitive, but each article has something a little bit different to say. (go to)

Attached are two other de László articles; these two are more contemporary to his life (and death). The first is an  obituary, titled simply “Philip de László,” from The Art Digest: The News and Opinion of the Art World, December 1, 1937, p. 10. The second is an article written by his friend and fellow-artist, A. L. Baldry, entitled “Philip A. de László: An Appreciation,” from The London Studio, February 1938, p. 83-86. (go to)

Reconsidering Cecilia Beaux and John Singer Sargent
By Sarah Burns
Jon Aymon

"I N CONSIDERING THE LIFE AND CAREER of Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942), it seems impossible to ignore or discount the fact, and the effects, of gender. . . . Although most of her many admirers and critics gave full credit to her talent, . . . they almost invariably ranked her a notch below John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) . . .,

"It is time to revisit these two contemporaries, and to reconsider the dynamics of their careers relative to one another." (go to)

I am wondering whether Sargent would like his personal history kept confidential. Just a thought. You know, I sometimes think that some artists use there art as their way of speaking; perhaps it is the most comfortable way for them to communicate.