From: Michael Pettibone
First, let me congratulate you on your wonderful Sargent website. It's so informative and interesting. I've truly enjoyed exploring it, although I haven't seen everything yet.
Secondly, I was wondering if you or your "researchers" out there could supply my wife and I with some information? We purchased Sargent's oil portrait of "Edward Vickers" about four years ago from a gallery in Washington, D.C. I had seen it at the gallery when my daughter and I were in D.C. looking at prospective colleges for her. Also at the time, my wife and I were just beginning construction of a new home. I saw "Edward" and was totally taken with his expression - he looked rather pensive and maybe a bit lonely. I then found out that it was painted c. 1884, when Edward was 21 years old, and that he subsequently died three years later at 24. I decided on the spot that Edward needed a new home and family, and we would welcome him in our new library. (This painting is included in the Ormond/Kilmurray Vol. I: The Early Portraits)
We know that Edward was the son of Mr. Albert Vickers and his first wife. We do not know if Edward was their only child, and more importantly, we do not know what happened to Edward that caused his death at such a young age.
I would very much appreciate any information on Edward and his life, and am also available if you need anything from me.
By: Natasha Wallace
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