Great Expectations: John Singer Sargent Painting Children
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Great Expectations: John Singer Sargent Painting Children
Brooklyn Museum of Art


Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
October 8, 2004—January 16, 2005

The Brooklyn Museum

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia,
February 25 - May 22, 2005

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon,
June 18 - September 11, 2005

Reviews of this show

jpg: Andy Holzopfel

There will be an exhibit of 43 Sargent portraits of children at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, according to this notice just found today (go to)

The press release describes the show as being the first exhibition to examine the role of child imagery in the art of one of the foremost painters of the late nineteenth century. This innovative look at a discrete segment of Sargent’s output will reveal that paintings of children represent undisputed milestones in his career and that he deliberately displayed them at strategic moments to reorient critical and public opinion of his work. The exhibition of approximately 43 works on loan from important domestic and foreign collections includes commissioned portraits, portraits of family members and friends, genre paintings, and works portraying professional child models. A full-color catalogue published by the Museum in association with Bulfinch Press accompanies this special exhibition and is available.



Exhibition Catalouge
By Barbara Dayer Gallati -- Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and is on the art history faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New York.

The title of the book makes ironic reference to Charles Dickenss famous novel Great Expectations, and is used here to suggest how Sargents paintings of children related to the expectations associated with representations of childhood in the art and literature of Sargents day. The book also traces how Sargent ultimately advanced childhood as an artistic subject.

The book contains five essays by three notable curators and professors of fine arts, is illustrated with Sargents truly stunning and often lesser-known paintings of children, and includes Sargent family photographs, some of which are previously unpublished.



Organized by Barbara Dayer Gallati, Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Catalogue Index 
(Those works featuring Sargent)

In November ('04) Andy Holzopfel (a Friend of the JSS Gallery) wrote to the Brooklyn Museum regarding a listing of work. Meg Holscher, Dept. Assistant, of American Art, was kind enough to respond wherein she wrote "Please see the following list of  paintings that are on view.  I have included the corresponding plate numbers from the catalogue."

A Summer Idyll
ca. 1877
Plate 15

Portrait of a Boy
(also known as "Homer Saint-Gaudens and His Mother")
Plate 66

Violet Sargent
 c. 1875
Plate 55

Study of Three Figures
c. 1876-78
Plate 73

Head of an Italian Girl
Plate 74

Ricordi di Capri
Plate 1

Low Tide at Cancale Harbor
Plate 42

Neapolitan Children Bathing

(Innocence Abroad)
Plate 14

A Nude Boy on a Beach
 c. 1878
Plate 70

A Nude Boy on a Beach
Plate 69

Head of Ana-Capri Girl
 (Rosina Ferrara)
Plate 77

A Parisian Beggar Girl
ca. 1880
Plate 79

Carmela Bertagna
c. 1880
Plate 78

Jeanne Kieffer
Plate 19

Robert de Cévrieux
Plate 17

Edouard Pailleron, Jr.
Plate 65

Portraits of Edouard and Marie-Louise Pailleron
Plate 20

Sleeping Child
c. 1872-1873
Figure 65

Garden Study with Lucia and Kate Millet
circa 1885
Plate 25

Violet Sargent
c. 1883
Plate 56

Garden Study of the Vickers Children
Plate 23

The Birthday Party
Plate 2

Daniel de Mendi Macmillan
 Plate 58

Caspar Goodrich
c. 1887
Plate 30

Portrait of Ruth Sears Bacon
Plate 63

Cara Burch
Plate 31

The Late Major E. C. Harrison as a Boy

c. 1888
Plate 27

Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer (also known as "Young Lady in White")
Plate 35

Portrait of Mrs. Edward L. Davis and her Son, Livingston Davis
Plate 34

Portrait of John A. P. Millet
Plate 4

Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children
Plate 81

Plate 3

Charlotte Cram
Plate 61

Mrs. Knowles and Her Children
Plate 83

Essie, Ruby and Ferdinand, Children of Asher Wertheimer
Essie, Ruby and Ferdinand, Children of Asher Wertheimer
Plate 39

Lady Warwick and Her Son
Plate 80

Gathering Blossoms, Valdemosa

Plate 26

Shoeing the Ox
 c. 1910
Plate 40

Gypsy Encampment
c. 1913
Plate 5

Kate Haven
Plate 62

A Tyrolese Crucifix
Plate 7





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Portrait of John A. P. Millet