Natasha Wallace, Editor
The official publication of the JSS Virtual Gallery
Sept - Dec 2005
Vol. VII

Just Blotted

Santa Came Early

For those that were selling works by Sargent at one of two big auction houses, Christmas came early this year with some astronomical numbers being posted when the hammer fell. Your reporter was there, kind of -- at least following it from my desk. Most of these had never been seen on the internet before. Here are the results:

A pretty substantial collection (by Sir Alec Martin) was sold through Christies, and within it was the last known  Study of Rosina Ferrara. -- an image that had not appeared on the internet before. Always a huge favorite model for the fans of Sargent's art, this Rosina sold predictably well over estimate at  $688,000. The next two paintings, also from Alec Martin's collection, are watercolors that I had never seen before Mediterranean Landscape, 1879?, brought  $204,000  USD; and  The White House, possibly also 1879?, brought $78,000 USD.

As an aside, I tentatively dated these early in the chronology of his life (they were undated), but they look almost post 1900, I would be interested to hear your thoughts on dating of these paintings.

At Sotheby's we saw a resale of a drawing that sold in 1994 -- Sketch After "El Jaleo"  c. 1879-82. It had formally sold for $76,750 and was resold in November this year for $228,000 USD. Those of you who are left-brain art lovers, I ran a culculation and it turns out to be a 10.4% Annualized Return. Fortress, Roads and Rocks was offered but unsold; Purtud: Fir Trees and Snow Mountains, 1908, a small little study in watercolor wash fetched $51,000 USD; The Rialto, c. 1909, another resale from 1997 this time got $3,712,000 USD -- a 6.75% Annualized Return.

In the Mug category, we had a distinguished Italian soprano Blanche Marchesi c. 1910, selling well over estimate at  $132,000 USD; and finally an oil study of Madame Belleroche, 1884 going for $120,000 UDS.

Comming Soon

Philip Resheph

Just a short note to let you know of a forthcoming exhibition in the National Gallery in London "Americans in Paris" which will include works by JSS (Madame X seems to be coming over once again)! Not sure if the exhibition is on in the States as well - I can't find it elsewhere on Google.
Should be fun

Happy Christmas

Jonathan Whitney

Here is one more also from my book....he was quite a dashing young man (Go to)

Jonathan Whitney

I wanted to share a photograph of Lt. The Hon. Edward Wyndham Tennant with the JSS site. I first discovered "Bim" while perusing JSS so I decided to research him.

Thanks to Ebay I was able to purchase a copy of Lady Glenconner's poignant memoir from 1918 which has some striking photogravures of this one.
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I appreciate all of your hard work and the JSS site is the best resource for those interested in Mr. Sargent's art.


Yesterday I was searching on the internet for a painting of Indiana's poet and favorite son James Whitcomb Riley. My search landed at Classic and, lo and behold, a painting of James Whitcomb Riley by John Singer Sargent.

Also at the site are Blonde Model, Marble Fountain in Italy, Neapolitan Children BathingA Road in the South.


I am a huge Biltmore Estate History junkie and have in my collection a set of cards published in 1994 that I purchased at Biltmore House and in the collection of cards (greeting type) is one of this wonderful painting of Virginia Bacon [Mrs. Walter Bacon]. It is my favorite piece in the house.

If your interested in joining fellow Biltmore History and Collector fans join us at our growing club that I have started.

We try to discuss the history into a much more indepth way than your Biltmore guide book will.
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After JSS

The Shrimp Gatherers after John Singer Sargent by V. D. Stanley-Alder (Continental School) c.1919  (Go to)

Boldini's Albertini
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Michael Roller

I'm  forwarding to you something about George Roller put out by a Local Historical Society.
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Valerie Colston

[President Bill Clinton about de Laszlo's painting:]

"Theodore Roosevelt, who was known as our most macho, bully, self-confident president, you look at that picture and you see here's a human being who's scared to death and not sure it's going to come out all right. And he does the right thing, anyway. That's what I saw in that picture." (Go to)

Francesca Miller


I have some interesting news for you. I did some looking around on the internet and I found a 1st addition autobiography on Ethel Barrymore which I purchased for you. It finally came in the mail and I scanned the image of Ethel from the dust jacket. The book is old and mildewed but it's a first edition so please enjoy it. (Go to)

Other Artists

A topic that is near and dear to me is the American Renaissance and the City Beautiful movement -- one of those artist that fits neatly into this is Phineas Paist  (Go to)

Paintings added Earlier

Natasha's What's New Index (current)

Now Showing

Impressionism Abroad: Boston and French Painting

Norton Museum, Palm Beach, FL
19 November 2005 -- 5 March 2006

Explores the influence of the French Impressionist painters on Boston’s artists and collectors during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition, drawn largely from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA), will tell the story of Boston’s early recognition of and enthusiasm for the work of the Impressionists and the French Barbizon School, in particular their landscape painting. Work by American artists such as William Morris Hunt, John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam will be placed alongside paintings by Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro as well as earlier French painters such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Jean-François Millet, who they also admired and emulated. (Go to)

Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama

The Jewish Museum, New York
December 02, 2005 - April 02, 2006
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An aptly titled exhibition for a remarkable woman. See Srah Bernhardt at the JSS Gallery  (Go to)

Ode to Sargent

Two works I thought you might find interesting:

Cecil Beaton's The Wyndham Sisters (go to)

Noman Rockwell's Picasso vs Sargent (go to)

Martin Kilner

Just thought this looked intresting, John Young Hunter, a friend of Sargent from the Royal Academy Days, Magic!  (go to)  here is one on ebay today (go to) and here, a georgeous sunset painting!...and portraits (go to).

Francesca Miller

Here is a lovely photo of the older but still handsome JSS. (Go to)

And how about this painting called Incensing the Veil which was inscribed to Dr Pozzi. (Go to)

Mike Pieczonka

I had a sec today and think I've got what you want... [Madame X with her dress strap off]   It's incredible what a different statement the painting becomes when you change just that one strap!!  It's no wonder he was chased out of Paris really! (Go to)

The Architect's Ghost
The Boston Globe
William Morgan

Guy Lowell, one of the  quintessential gentleman architects of the American Renaissance, is best known for his 1907 design of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Avenue. But the well-connected Lowell was also the designer of choice for elegant country estates around Boston and on New York's Long Island.(Go to)

Artist's children chronicle his work at Weir Farm
Ryan Jockers
The Advocate
September 22, 2005

(. . .)
Sperry Andrews and his wife, Doris, who died two years ago, are credited with saving [J. Alden Weir's] farm from development and getting it designated a national park 1990. [John Singer Sargent visted Weir there around 1919.] It is the only national park in Connecticut, and the only one in the nation dedicated to American painters.

The artist J. Alden Weir bought the farm, then 153 acres, in 1882. For 30 years, it inspired him and his Impressionist friends, a group including Childe Hassam and Albert Pinkham Ryder.
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Betty Goldman

I did read, from what I thought was an accurate source, that the father [of Harry Elkins Widener of Harvards Memorial Library] also died on the Titanic.  I have found two websites, the first of which is not very clear regarding the fate of the father (Go to)

Natasha's Blog


he most important thing that's happened since the last addition  of the co-maniacs is the continuing improvement of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston website. These guys just continue to blow me away with what they are doing.

If you haven't noticed recently they have gotten much better  and larger images of their artwork on line. The effect of this, of course, is quite profound in understanding just how amazing John Singer Sargent's art really is.

The images of his watercolors at Carrara, for example, are larger and more detailed. Others have been vastly improved such as Tents, Bailleul. The images of his oils such as the Boit Daughters show more of the difference in the darker shading. Along with perennial favorites such as Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel have all been vastly improved.

Studies from both mural projects continue to be added to their database with images of such a size and clarity that it takes your breath away with appreciation -- an understanding that these are quite amazing pieces of art in and of them self. You can look at something as simple as hands for Sorrowful Mysteries or ponder the force of Falling Figure of Gog and Magog, they all just keep coming.

The MFA is at the top of my most favorite people!


As I stand here at the stove cooking up things for you, it is close to midnight and I haven't had dinner myself -- I haven't even had lunch. I have been working frantically trying to get this new addition published. And I got to tell you -- I am not good at meeting deadlines.

A lot has happened over the summer but I'll have to come back to that subject a little bit later. In the mean time I want to let you know about two new children of mine -- that is in the sense of virtual children. Actually I am the godparent since I didn't have anything to do with them directly, but in both cases I am quite fond of the parents whom have brought these new children into this virtual world. Both are still very young and have a lot of growing to do, but I am never the less as proud of them as any godparent would be. There is a lot of promiss in both of them.

The first of these is given the name of and he is the child of two of my  dear friends Wendy & Gordon  Hawksley. In their excitement at birth they wrote me and said "We have just put a few nominal pages on . . .  The real website is still under construction as we are still researching family records."

Many of you will remember my small modest chapter to Rankin which is here (go to)

The second of my godchildren is called  and his mother is my good friend Xavier Mathieu  who lives in France. In fact the announcement just arrived today - here, let me read it to you:

"For years, the Antonio de La Gandara family has been active in promoting his memory and we finally have a website dedicated to him."

Most of you will remember my modest page on La Gandara which is here (Go to).

I could  not be more proud of each parent!  And just like a godparent, I look forward to the rewards of playing with their children and not having to worry about  raising them or changing their diapers!

Matt Davies

As you can tell, I'm on an art kick again. I know along some of the Sargent works you have posted photographs of the sitters as additional documentation. With that in mind:

This photograph appeared in a 1904 issue of Munsey's Magazine and is captioned "MIss Pauline Astor, the only daughter of William Waldorf Astor, the American millionaire who renounced the United States to become a British subject. (Go to)

Attached is a photograph of the Countess and Maynard that appeared in a 1906 issue of Munsey's Magazine (Go to)

A lady to whom we keep returning . . . Lady Decies. Attached is a photograph of her from an issue of Munsey's Magazine in 1899, when she was Mrs. John Vinton Dahlgren. (Go to)

The House that Booth Built (Historic house has own ghost, spicy aroma

Cincinnati Post
Nick Clooney

(. . . )  When the affable Tom Dillon, who oversees [The Players] club, took Nina and me to see Booth's apartment, there was a clear understanding that the spirit of Edwin Booth inhabits every room. One of the club members told me, with a straight face, that she had "seen Mr. Booth's shade, and a very benign and supportive ghost he was." She was very convincing, but then, she was an actress and being convincing is her job. (Go to)

Matt Davies

Attached is the text a 1903 article on Sargent, Charles H. Caffin, “John S. Sargent: The Greatest Contemporary Portrait Painter,” World’s Work, November 1903, p. 4099-4118. The article contained an additional piece entitled, "A Personal Sketch of Mr. Sargent, By Evan Mills." This last piece is interesting in its analysis of Sargent. However, the author must not have done his homework - he mentions that Sargent had married! (Go to)


Matt Davies

Found a portrait I thought you may be interested in adding to your site: Sir John Lavery's Portrait of Mrs. Robert Finnie McEwen of Marchmont and Bardrochat, with Her Daughters Katherine and Elizabeth (1907). The portrait is of interest not only because it makes an excellent addition to the Lavery section of your site, but also because you already have de Laszlo's portrait of Mrs. McEwen on the site as well (it was recently auctioned off by Christie's). (Go to)

Patricia Duggleby

My great-grandmother, Margaret O'Regan, was a companion to John Singer Sargent's mother in London for the year before she died. After Mrs. Sargent died, she stayed on as companion to Emily. She remembered modelling for Sargent for two paintings. (Go to)

As of Today

The JSS Gallery contains 3,352 pages.

Who would have imagined it would have grown this big? Certainly not I.

Francesca Miller

A little off topic, but this  is so cool!  Make sure your sound is on! The subject is "How to Carve a pumpkin and Happy Halloween"  (Go to)


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