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John Singer Sargent
1856 - 1925
MRS. HUGH SMITH
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John Singer Sargent
1856 - 1925
MRS. HUGH SMITH
Estimate
300,000500,000
JUMP TO LOT

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John Singer Sargent
1856 - 1925
MRS. HUGH SMITH
signed John S. Sargent, u.l., and dated 1904, u.r.
oil on canvas
41 by 32 in.
(104.2 by 81.2 cm)
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Provenance

Colin Hugh Smith (the sitter's husband), 1904
Mrs. Hugh Smith (the sitter), 1910
Vivian Hugh Smith (later the First Baron Bichester), 1918
Second Baron Bicester (her son), 1956
Mrs. J.E.H. Collins (his daughter), 1968
J.E.H. Collins (her husband), 1981
By descent in the family to the present owner

Exhibited

London, New Gallery, Seventeenth Exhibition, Summer 1904, no. 239
London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of Works by the Late John S. Sargent, R.A., January-March, 1926, no. 396, p. 60

Literature

Frank Rinder, "The New Gallery," Art Journal, 1904, p. 193
"Fine Arts: The New Gallery," Athenaeum, no. 3991, April 23, 1904, p. 537
"The New Gallery," Graphic, April 30, 1904, p. 600
"Art: The New Gallery," Spectator, April 23, 1904, p. 641
William Howe Downes, John S. Sargent: His Life and Work, Boston, Massachusetts, 1925, p. 214
Evan Charteris, John Sargent, London, 1927, p. 271
Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, no. 0410, 1955 ed., p. 438; 1957 ed., p. 347; 1969 ed., p. 452
David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston: With an Essay and Biographical Summary and a Complete Checklist of Sargent's Portraits, Boston, Massachusetts, 1956, p. 123
Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits, New Haven, Connecticut, 2003, vol. III, pp. 127-28, no. 471, p. 128, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

According to Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, "Mrs. Hugh Smith, neé Constance Adeane (d. 1918), was a relation by marriage of Madeline Wyndham, whom Sargent had painted with her sisters in 1899 (Lady Elcho, Mrs. Adeane and Mrs. Tennant).  She married Colin Hugh Smith in 1865.  He was governor of the Bank of England from 1897 to 1899.  Their son Vivian, also a banker, was created first Baron Bicester in 1938.

"Mrs. Hugh Smith is shown in a white lace-trimmed dress, a fur coat and lace cap.  Her jewellery includes various necklaces with pendant jewels, one of which is heart-shaped, and an ornate clasp bracelet.  She is seated in one of the artist's bergère chairs before a rich red drape.

"The portrait was exhibited at the New Gallery, London, in 1904.  Frank Rinder described it as 'a half-length, in which the flesh-tones are admirably expressed, masses of soft fur beautifully rendered, there is almost a tenderness in the painting of the chiffon cap-strings which encircle the face' (Art Journal, 1904, p. 193), and the critic for the Graphic wrote of the portrait as 'a lady with silver hair and a lace-trimmed fur coat (and a dirty hand) –a brilliant piece of work' (Graphic, 30 April, 1904, p. 600)" (John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits, 2003, pp. 127-28).

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