John Singer Sargent

American artist, 1856-1925

"John Singer Sargent was an American expatriate artist, considered the ""leading portrait painter of his generation"" for his evocations of Edwardian-era luxury. He created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, the Middle East, Montana, Maine, and Florida. He enjoyed international acclaim as a portrait painter. An early submission to the Paris Salon in the 1880s, his ""Portrait of Madame X"" resulted in scandal. During the next year following the scandal, Sargent departed for England where he continued a successful career as a portrait artist."

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Sargent, John Singer

American artist (1856-1925). Autograph letter signed ("John S. Sargent"). Apparently Boston. 8vo. 1½ pages on bifolium.
$ 1,216 / 1.200 € (60937/BN44919)

To "Miss Ellison" about the organisation of an art exhibition: "Mr Underwood Johnson is full of ideas as usual - it was understood from the first that there should be no black and whites [etchings?] at this show and I have declined many prosposals of the kind and must keep that rule. Please tell him so if he bothers you any more - [...]". - Folded in half; toning to edges. Property from the Edward F. Wingler and Peggy F. Wingler Pink Scholarship Fund, Muskegon, Michigan.

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Sargent, John Singer

American artist (1856-1925). Autograph letter signed ("John S. Sargent"). [Chelsea, London]. 02.03.1907. 8vo. 2 pp. on bifolium.
$ 1,216 / 1.200 € (80863/BN52742)

To the British author, editor, and indexer Henry B. Wheatley, then Assistant Secretary to Royal Society of Arts. He is very honoured by the request of the committee of the Applied Arts Section to take over the direction of the next conference, and regrets that he cannot accept "for the reason that I have no experience of such a duty and no qualification for it in the way of speaking [...]". - On stationery with printed address.

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Sargent, John Singer

American artist (1856-1925). Autograph letter signed ("John S. Sargent"). [Chelsea, London]. 8vo. 4 pp. on bifolium.
$ 1,824 / 1.800 € (80864/BN52743)

To the British politician, art collector, and social host Philip Sassoon: "I wonder how far you have got and whether [...] treats you decently - or whether like other prisoners in Morocco you have to sit with your hands out between the bars of your prison window waiting for food from the passers by. I have a vision of Karsavina bringing you sandwiches and vodka [...]". He received the postcard from Toledo, still warm from the sunlight when it arrived during a snowstorm, and the delicious Tiepolo too.

He sent "your Arras to the Academy - I hope you don't mind". He booked cabins for himself, his sister and his niece on the Olympia, leaving on April 12. "It is not an easy matter to get permission for the ladies to travel", but he put forward reasons of national importance, and Mr. Hunter did the same for himself and Elizabeth. He told the frammaker C. M. May, from Soho, who is taking his paintings to the Academy, to deliver the Arras at the end of the exhibition at 25 Park Lane, as he himself will certainly not be back by that time. - On stationery with printed address..

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Sargent, John Singer

American painter (1856-1925). Autograph signature. [Postmark: London. Oblong 8vo (postcard). ½ page.
$ 405 / 400 € (84658/BN55166)

Inscribed to the German dermatologist Alwin Scharlau. - Considered the most important American portraitist of his day, Sargent created about 900 oil paintings and 2000 watercolour paintings, lived in London for most of his life, and travelled continental Europe, the Middle East and the United States. - Faint traces of an angular fold near upper left corner; small creases near lower right corner. Self-addressed by the collector. The Mecklenburg physician Scharlau (b. 1888) assembled a collection of artists' autographs by personal application.

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