of San Danto -- 1853-1917)
-- American painter
Museum of Art, Ohio
G. Tissot Demidoff
image to Step
of San Donato was located in what is now greater Florence.
it no longer exists and the Chateau / Villa di San Donato (thumbnail
was destroyed during World War II.
(the subject of Sargent's
painting) was the second wife of Prince Paul. After the death of his
wife and after having remarried, Princess Helene encouraged her new
to leave the Villa di San Donato in 1885 to live in the Villa Pratolino
by taking the paggeria
(since the original Villa had been lost) remodeling it and renaming it
the Villa Demidoff.
This is where they were living at the time Sargent painted her --
it's unclear, to me, if the painting was done at
the Villa Demidoff (part of the Villa Pratolino),
or in Sargent's studio in London. Both Alexandre Tissot and I are
towards Sargent painting it in Italy.
Pratolino was originally a Medici Palatial Estate, though the
villa had been lost, what was left of the estate and grounds were
today thanks to Prince Paul and Princess
It is located just north of Florence and it is very probable
Sargent visited there and stayed with them on more than one occasion.
by Sargent during his stay must have included Princess Helen's eldest
Auore Pavlona, Princess of San Donato (1873-1904).
Aurore Pavlona Demidoff (1873-1904)
to Princess Helene and Prince Paul)
The Demidoffs are
remembered in Florence
to this day and the presence of the monument by Lorenzo Bartolini to Count
Nicholas Demidoff in Piazza Demidoff on the banks of the Arno River
is a daily reminder of the family's close connection to Florence.
Special thanks to
Demidoff, and the Demidoff family for sharing with me these
and information -- many of which have never been published. Alexandre
been wonderful friend
of the JSS Gallery.
From : Alexandre
regarding the Demidoff
family, you can contact:
6 Mathews Chase
Berkshire RG42 4UR
[above] left the acclaimed
Collection of San Donato in 1925 when, according to the archival
it was ‘reluctantly' sold at Spinks & Sons in London by Elim P.
3rd Prince of San Donato. Prince Elim, who, at the time of the sale,
living in Greece, was the son of Prince
Paul P. Demidoff, 2nd Prince of San Donato, and his first wife,
The information I
have doesn't show
John traveling to Italy in 1896. In '95 he traveled to Spain and North
Africa (that I know of). I don't know why the painting is dated
In '97, without a doubt, he was back in Italy. If the dating is correct
and my information is complete it would probably mean the painting was
done in London.