Singer Sargent's President Woodrow Wilson
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-- American painter
109.2 cm (60 1/4
x 43 in.)
ul John Singer
twenty-eighth president of the United States.
In 1917 JSS paints
but unlike what you might assume, the painting isn't owned inside the
States but is owned by the National Gallery of Ireland. The reason for
this is explained in Sargent's own words in a letter to Mrs.
Gardner he wrote around the time of the portrait:
I know is that
Hugh Lane took up an idea started by another man (who repented) that he
would give 10,000 pounds to the Red Cross if I would paint his portrait
(the first man's). Hugh Lane of course had some other idea about whose
portrait it was to be. Then Hugh Lane was drowned [in the Lusitania].
had left his estate to the Nat. Gallery of Ireland, who had handed over
the 10,000 pounds to the Red Cross in 1916 and have lately decided the
portrait should be that of President Wilson.
Apparently, this time
had a more enjoyable time painting the President then when he was
with Teddy. In a letter to Mary Hale, October 20, 1917 he described
(P. 255 Olson,
letter from JSS to
of Woodrow Wilson
was copied many time with Sargent's consent. One such copy was done by
Tmothy Cole which was widely printed.
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