Sargent was an avid chess player and was a game he often played on his painting trips.
In the summer of 1907 Sargent takes a trip to Purtud which is a little town in the Val d'Aosta on the Italian-Swiss border and there he paints his nieces and friends.
Just like his formal
portraits were he often picked out the dresses for the women he
he often packed away in preparation for these long trips, exotic shawls
and clothes to have his friends and family wear when he painted them. The
Chess Game was such an occasion and here we see Nicola d'Inverno,
personal valet, along with probably one of his nieces. D'Inverno first
started posing for JSS in 1891 for the Boston Library murals.
ExhibitionsJohn Singer Sargent, An Exhibition -- Whitney Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987