104.1 x 57.1 cm
by Miss Dorothy Barnard
mother of Polly and Dorothy Barnard (both posed for John's Carnation,
Lily, Lily, Rose) and the wife of the artist Frederick
Barnard from the Broadway colony. It was at Broadway
where they met John and in the absence of any commissions Sargent
on his friends.
In 1896, her
in a fire, but John would remain close to Alice and her family the rest
of his life. In later years when he went on trips to the south of
to paint, Alice's daughters would often travel with him and his sister
in their own interpretation of an extended family.
I don't think
that Alice ever remarried. Probably one of the most telling signs of
affection for her was in his will which he made in 1918. It was very
really. His entire estate went to his two sisters, which was
There were only two exceptions. 500 pounds went to Nicola D'Inverno (a
long time valet whom Sargent would later employ) and 5,000 pounds -- a
considerable sum back then -- went to Alice Barnard. Those were
Sargent, who was
invited to contribute to the New
English Art Club's first exhibition in London in 1886. This
was one of the two pictures he showed, and the reviewer in 'The Times'
singled it out, commenting that the face was 'painted with astonishing
and uncompromising life-likeness, and the hands - to be quite frank -
clumsily sketched in.
Gallery Display Caption 09-Aug-1994)
1) The only other
in Sargent's will was that Emily (John's sister) got her half outright.
The other half which was to go to Violet (his other sister) was put in
a trust for her and her children so that, according to Olson, Violet's
husband couldn't touch it. (p.198)
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son (Geoffrey b. 1872) were second cousins to Elinor
M. Barnard. Alice Faraday Barnard was the niece of Michael Faraday-
he being married to Sarah Barnard. Alice and Frederick were married on
the Isle of Wight Aug. 11, 1870.
Date: 2 July
The reason I know
is that he is included in the household of the 1881 census [which I
He is the oldest child being 9 years old. Marion is 7 and Dorothy is 3.
Harold Faraday is listed at 32, unmarried. Ada Faraday is 26 and
I think Ada and Harold were Alice Faraday Barnard's brother and sister.
They are listed as visitors, but so many people were listed as visitors
during that era that I feel they probably lived with Alice and
at least part of the year. Harold is listed as Gas Engineer (fitter). I
think that somehow the gas provided to London had something to do with
some of their uncle's, Michael Faraday, experiments.
Oh yes, There
in the household-a cook, a house maid and a nurse. They are living at
Ho Steeles Rd,
were all born, with the exception of the servants,
in Middlesex. (sex
Date: 7 July 2004
I believe that Geoffrey
Alice's oldest child, died in 1891 at the age of 20. I called London
this morning for the death certificate. He died in Evesham of which
Broadway is a part. I hope the parent or parents are listed as proof. I
will let you know. I should have it in about 10 days. If this is the
case then Alice had a very sad life. I can see now that Sargent was
very concerned and caring of her.
14 July 2004
arrived today. It states as follows:
District Evesham 1891 DEATH in Sub-district of Broadway in the Counties
of Worcester and Gloucester
Column 193-when & where- Eighteenth Dec. 1891 Geoffrey
Barnard Male 20 yrs.
Cause of death-Hoemarrhage (sp.) from Intestine. Congenital
certified by S. Fleming MD Signature,
description & residence of informant- Frederick Barnard, Father
in Attendance, 34 Hamiton Gardens, London NW
when registered- 22 December 1891.