From: Harvard "Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings"
This receipt informs us
that in Madrid,
where he was in October 1879, "S[eño]r D[o]n M[iste]r Sargent"
a travel hat (sombrero para viaje). Later, perhaps on the same day,
struck the artist when he was without a sketchbook, so he used the
of the folded receipt to sketch dancers in a Madrid café. The
receipt is now regarded as the verso of the drawings. These spontaneous
studies would lead to a celebrated painting, El Jaleo, 1882, now on
at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The relationship of
drawings to the receipt supports the theory that Sargent’s design
began with the direct observation of a dance performance in a Madrid
Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors (New York and London, 1970), p. 38, fig. 13
Richard Ormond, "Sargent's El Jaleo", Fenway Court, 1970, p. 5, fig. 3
Carter Ratcliff, John Singer Sargent (New York, NY, 1982), p. 66, pl. 94
Mary Crawford Volk, John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, 1992), catalogue no. 8, pp. 138-139
Trevor Fairbrother, John Singer Sargent: the Sensualist (Seattle WA/New Haven CT, 2000), p. 99; repr. p. 100, fig. 4.2
James Harper, Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2001), cat. no. 24A, repr. (recto and verso), p. 16
Warren Adelson and Elizabeth Oustinoff, "Sargent's Spanish Dancer: A Discovery", The Magazine Antiques, vol. CXLI, no. 3, March 1992, pp. 460-471, reproduced, p. 463, fig. 2
John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Washington, 03/01/1992 - 08/02/1992; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 09/10/1992 - 11/22/1992
Sargent in the Studio: Drawings, Sketchbooks, and Oil Sketches, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/10/1999 - 09/05/1999
Sargent, John Singer (Creator). Created 1879, To his sisters, Emily Sargent and Mrs. Francis Ormond, at his death 1925.
Sargent, Emily, and Mrs.
Ormond (Owner). From their brother, the artist, at his death 1925, Gift
of Mrs. Ormond to the Fogg Art Museum 1937.