Lot 51
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John Singer Sargent

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25,000 - 45,000 USD
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27,500 USD
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Description

  • John Singer Sargent
  • Mrs. Wilton Phipps
  • inscribed to my cousin Rachel Phipps, dated 1912 and signed John S. Sargent (lower center)
  • charcoal on paper

Provenance

Rachel Phipps (the sitter's daughter), 1912
By descent to the present owner (her granddaughter), 1995

Literature

David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, 1956, p. 116
Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: The Early Portraits, New Haven, Connecticut, 1998, p. 141

Catalogue Note

Mrs. Wilton Phipps, née Jessie Butler Duncan, was the daughter of William Butler Duncan, president of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, and Jane Percy Sargent, through whom she was distantly related to the artist. She married William Wilton Phipps, a prosperous London merchant, in 1876. Sargent painted an oil portrait of Mrs. Phipps in 1884 and eighteen years later executed the present work along with a charcoal portrait of her daughter Rachel, to whom this work is dedicated. 
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